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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-52

Enterocutaneous fistula from a mesh eroding the small bowel after incisional hernia repair: A case report

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Michael L Lorentziadis
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal Hospital, Department of General Surgery, P.O. Box 4616, Dammam 31412
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijawhs.ijawhs_2_23

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Tension-free hernia repair with mesh reinforcement has become the standard of care in hernia surgery. Mesh eroding the bowel with enterocutaneous fistula is a rare and serious complication. We present a case of a 46-year-old obese man with abdominal wall abscess who developed enterocutaneous fistula due to the erosion of the small bowel from a bioabsorbable coated mesh after incisional hernia repair. We discuss the biological response to hernia repair meshes as well as this challenging to treat, early or late complication of hernia surgery.

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