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Cases J. 2008 Dec 2;1(1):370. doi: 10.1186/1757-1626-1-370.

Enterocutaneous fistula due to mesh fixation in the repair of lateral incisional hernia: a case report.

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Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India.


Enterocutaneous fistula following mesh repair of incisional hernia is usually due to mesh erosion of the underlying viscus and presents late. We describe an early enterocutaneous fistula due to an unusual but a potential mode of bowel injury during mesh fixation. This case is reported to emphasize the need for greater attention to the technique of mesh fixation. We suggest laparoscopic guidance to prevent this serious complication in lateral Incisional hernias with ill defined edges of the defect.

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