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Pediatr Surg Int. 2006 Oct;22(10):825-7. Epub 2006 Aug 12.

Is hernial sac removal necessary? Retrospective evaluation of eight patients with Morgagni hernia in 5 years.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Ankara Di┼čkapi Children's Hospital, Cevizlidere Cad No: 58/11 Dostlar Apt, Balgat, Ankara, Turkey.


Eight children with Morgagni hernia were operated between January 2000 and May 2005. Medical records of the patients were evaluated retrospectively. Ages of the patients were between 3.5 months and 9 years. The diaphragmatic defect was on the right in all patients except one. One patient had bilateral diapragmatic hernia. All of the patients were operated by abdominal approach. All patients had hernial sacs. During operation sac of hernia was everted to peritoneal space without removal and the defect was closed by using nonabsorbable material. There was no intraoperative complication. The patients were discharged on the sixth day in uneventful condition. There was no complication or recurrence during follow up. Excision of sac of hernia is recommended in majority. Most of the published studies favour the removal of hernial sac. In our practise, in the treatment of Morgagni hernia we did not remove the hernia sac during the last 5 years.

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