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World J Surg. 1990 Mar-Apr;14(2):242-6.

Herniorrhaphy and concomitant peritoneovenous shunting in cirrhotic patients with umbilical hernia.

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Service de Chirurgie Digestive, Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy, France.


From 1981 to 1987, a total of 40 cirrhotic patients with umbilical hernia were treated either by conventional herniorrhaphy (26) or by herniorrhaphy and concomitant insertion of a peritoneovenous (PV) shunt (14). The aim of concomitant PV shunt insertion was to reduce postoperative complications of herniorrhaphy in those patients with intractable ascites, or in whom difficulty to control postoperative ascites was contemplated. In the group of patients with PV shunt, 8 were class B and 6 were class C according to Child's classification; 7 patients had complicated hernia including 2 patients with skin ulceration, 4 with rupture, and 1 with incarceration. In the group with standard herniorrhaphy, 5 patients were class A and 21 were class B; 13 patients were operated on electively for uncomplicated hernia without ascites, 6 had incarceration, and 7 had skin ulceration. The technical procedure of concomitant PV shunting and hernia repair included: insertion of the valve, surgical repair of the hernia, and insertion of the venous tube. In that order, in-hospital mortality was nil. Postoperative complications included sepsis in 2 patients who had concomitant insertion of a PV shunt, and massive ascitic fluid production in 5 patients treated by conventional herniorrhaphy, resulting in ascitic leak from the surgical wound in 1 case. Recurrence of the hernia was observed in 6 patients treated by conventional herniorrhaphy, and in none who had a patent PV shunt.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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