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BMJ Case Rep. 2010 Nov 23;2010. pii: bcr0420102936. doi: 10.1136/bcr.04.2010.2936.

Left paraduodenal hernia: case report and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


Paraduodenal hernias are congenital internal hernias that usually present with non-specific symptoms, and are therefore rarely diagnosed preoperatively. Left-sided paraduodenal hernias are three times more likely to occur than right-sided ones. Both hernias present similarly, but have a differing embryological basis. Here, the case of a 76-year-old woman with a left paraduodenal hernia presenting with small bowel obstruction is presented, and a brief discussion of the literature on its diagnosis and management given.

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