Intestinal perforation as a long-term complication of plug and mesh inguinal hernioplasty: case report

Hernia. 2005 Mar;9(1):93-5. doi: 10.1007/s10029-004-0256-z. Epub 2004 Jul 29.


Tension-free and sutureless hernioplasty by plug and mesh of nonreabsorbable material is one of the most common techniques for inguinal hernia repair. It's a simple and quick procedure with a low cost and allows for a short hospital stay. It shows a low reoccurrence rate, but it can result, in very few cases, in complications strictly related to prosthetic material. The literature describes some cases of plug migration from its proper position, for example, to the scrotum, preperitoneal adipose tissue, and abdominal cavity. We report on a case of sigmoid colon perforation due to a plug of Trabucco hernioplasty performed 2 years previously.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Colon, Sigmoid*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Perforation / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestinal Perforation / etiology*
  • Intestinal Perforation / surgery
  • Laparotomy
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prosthesis Implantation / adverse effects*
  • Prosthesis Implantation / instrumentation
  • Reoperation
  • Surgical Mesh / adverse effects*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed