Primary and unusual abdominal wall hernias

Surg Clin North Am. 2008 Feb;88(1):45-60, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2007.10.004.


Primary ventral hernias can be congenital or acquired, but are not associated with a fascial scar or related to a trauma. Some ventral hernias such as Spigelian, lumbar, or obturator hernias represent a diagnostic challenge, given their relative rarity and their unusual anatomic locations. The article presents the etiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis of these hernias, and briefly describes the various surgical approaches, including open and laparoscopic.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / complications
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Hernia, Abdominal* / diagnosis
  • Hernia, Abdominal* / etiology
  • Hernia, Abdominal* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed