Strangulated transomental hernia in virgin abdomen: laparoscopic surgery with a small laparotomy may be useful to assess the indeterminate viability of the bowel.

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      A 66-year-old female without prior history of abdominal surgery visited the emergency department with a complain of sudden intensive lower abdominal pain. Closed loop bowel obstruction was discovered on contrast-enhanced computed tomography, leading to a laparoscopic examination of 5 h after the onset. During laparoscopy, 100 cm of distal jejunum with borderline viability was found incarcerated in a gap of the greater omentum. A 3-cm small incision was made at the umbilical trocar site to observe the bowel after it was released laparoscopically. When viewed under the shadowless lamp, the affected bowel appeared reddish, with peristalsis and a palpated mesentery artery. The surgical team determined no need for resection. The postoperative recovery went smoothly without any complications. Laparoscopic surgery for transomental hernias can be performed safely even in patients with borderline bowel viability, and observing bowel extra-peritoneally with a small incision could be helpful for laparoscopic surgery for internal hernias with borderline viability. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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