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Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2010 Aug;44(6):508-10. doi: 10.1177/1538574410373666. Epub 2010 Jun 15.

Spontaneous thrombosis of congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt (Abernethy malformation) simulating inguinal hernia incarceration.

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Department of Vascular Surgery, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Tender lumps in the inguinal region are often explored emergently to treat suspected hernial strangulation. We discuss the case of an adult male who presented acutely with a tender inguinal swelling and raised inflammatory markers and was therefore deemed as requiring surgical exploration. However preoperative abdominal computerized tomography (CT) revealed an extensive thrombosing congenital venous malformation of portosystemic origin with extension into the symptomatic inguinal canal. A potentially lethal exsanguination from surgery was thus avoided.

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20551093
DOI:
10.1177/1538574410373666
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