Obturator Hernia: An Elusive Diagnosis

James M Kozlowski, John M. Beal*

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Obturator hernia is an uncommon problem that occurs predominantly in elderly, debilitated women. The diagnosis should be suspected in such patients who have evidence of small bowel obstruction, often initially intermittent, and who complain of pain along the anteromedial aspect of the thigh. We present experience with three patients that characterizes the difficulties in diagnosis and treatment. Most patients require resection of the incarcerated bowel. Mortality is variable and is related to the condition of the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1001-1002
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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