Marlex mesh mimicking an adnexal malignancy

Hernia. 2009 Apr;13(2):221-3. doi: 10.1007/s10029-008-0426-5. Epub 2008 Sep 16.


Hernia post-operative repair problems are infrequent and easily managed, but plug migration can be a more complicated event. Mesh plug migration is very uncommon and rarely presents as a suspected malignancy. We document a case involving a 79-year-old woman who exhibited a complex right-sided cystic mass that was presumed to be an adnexal malignancy. However, following surgery, the retroperitoneal mass was actually a PerFix mesh plug that migrated from an initial hernia surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adnexal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Adnexal Diseases / surgery*
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / diagnosis*
  • Foreign-Body Migration / surgery*
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery
  • Humans
  • Polypropylenes*
  • Surgical Mesh*


  • Polypropylenes