Traumatic lumbar hernia: case report and literature review

J Trauma. 1994 Jul;37(1):123-6.


Lumbar hernia is an uncommon abdominal wall hernia. Acute abdominal wall hernias, particularly lumbar hernias, are a rare complication of trauma. We present a case of acute lumbar hernia as a direct effect of blunt abdominal trauma. Double-contrast CT scan detected herniation of bowel through an 8-cm right flank defect, which was surgically repaired with a prosthetic patch and omentopexy. In cases of acute traumatic lumbar hernia, immediate exploratory laparotomy with primary repair (when feasible) is recommended.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / complications*
  • Abdominal Injuries / surgery
  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Hernia, Ventral / etiology*
  • Hernia, Ventral / surgery
  • Humans
  • Lumbosacral Region
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / surgery