Inflammatory reaction to fish oil coated polypropylene mesh used for laparoscopic incisional hernia repair: a case report

BMC Surg. 2016 Feb 11;16:8. doi: 10.1186/s12893-016-0123-8.


Background: Polypropylene meshes are widely used in hernia repairs. Hernia meshes have been developed incorporating coatings of active agents. One commercially available mesh has a fish oil coating which is promoted as having anti-inflammatory properties. We report a case, a symptomatic foreign body granuloma reaction associated with a fish oil coated polypropylene mesh, which required eventual mesh explantation.

Case presentation: A 61-year old lady with previous peptic ulcer disease underwent a laparoscopic intraperitoneal placement of mesh for incisional hernia utilising a fish oil coated polypropylene mesh. The patient presented 3 months after the procedure complaining of dyspepsia and pain at the operative site. There was no discharge. The patient was managed conservatively. She presented 10 months post-operatively with progressively worsening symptoms and a hard palpable mass in the epigastrium. Abdominal laparoscopy revealed dense adhesive disease around the mesh with exudates. Adhesiolysis, mesh explantation and a partial gastrectomy was performed. Histopathological examination revealed a foreign body granuloma formation to the mesh.

Conclusion: In-vivo studies looking at intraperitoneal mesh placement with fish oil coatings including data on surgical outcomes such as fistula and adhesive characteristics are scarce in the literature. Further monitoring and studies are required to investigate the safety and efficacy profile of this mesh type in in-vivo models.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fish Oils / adverse effects*
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / etiology*
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / pathology
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / surgery
  • Herniorrhaphy / adverse effects
  • Herniorrhaphy / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Incisional Hernia / etiology
  • Incisional Hernia / surgery*
  • Inflammation
  • Laparoscopy / adverse effects
  • Laparoscopy / instrumentation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polypropylenes / adverse effects
  • Surgical Mesh / adverse effects*


  • Fish Oils
  • Polypropylenes