International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 155–157 | Cite as

Mesh migration into the sigmoid colon mimics a colon tumor, a rare complication after herniorrhaphy: case report

  • Ren-Hao Chan
  • Kuo-Ting Lee
  • Chun-Hsien Wu
  • Wei-ting Lin
  • Jenq-Chang LeeEmail author
Short Communication



Tension-free mesh repair is a widely used hernioplasty technique. However, mesh migration is a severe complication that may induce colon inflammation or perforation and can occur several months to several years following hernioplasty.

Case report

We present a case where mesh migrated into the sigmoid colon 12 years postoperation and was mistaken for a colon tumor.


Mesh migration Hernia operation Colon tumor Complication 


Compliance with ethical standards

Sources of financial support


Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contribution

Dr. RH Chan and KT Lee made equal contribution in study concept, collecting data, and writing the paper.

Dr. CH Wu and WT Lin provided data collection and writing the paper.

Dr. JC Lee was the operating surgeon and designed the study.


Consent was obtained from the patient for publication.

Ethical approval

Ethical approval and informed consent were obtained and available upon request.

Availability of data and materials

Data are available from the medical record of National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan. The data cannot be publicly available due to legal restrictions imposed by the government of Taiwan in relation to the “Personal Information Protection Act”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of MedicineNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainan CityTaiwan

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