, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 141–144 | Cite as

Giant pseudocyst of the anterior abdominal wall after incisional hernia mesh repair: a rare case report

  • A. G. Mantelou
  • G. K. Georgiou
  • H. V. Harissis
Case Report


Incisional hernia repair is nowadays a common surgical procedure, usually involving the implantation of a synthetic mesh to reinforce the abdominal wall restoration or bridge the hernia defect and thus prevent recurrence. Post-operative seromas and hematomas comprise the most frequent early surgical-site complications. A very rare, late complication after mesh repair of an abdominal wall hernia is the formation of a giant pseudocyst. This complication was first described in 1993 by Waldrep et al. [1], who reported two cases of ventral hernia repair with Marlex mesh. Since then only 25 other such cases have been reported in the literature [2]. However, some authors suggest that it may be an underreported complication and its true incidence may still be underestimated [2, 3, 4]. Its prevalence in two clinical researches has been estimated to be as high as 0.45 % [3] and 0.88 % [2].

In this report, we present the case of a giant pseudocyst that gradually developed over a...


Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair Incisional Hernia Polypropylene Mesh Mesh Repair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Mantelou
    • 1
  • G. K. Georgiou
    • 1
  • H. V. Harissis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity Hospital of IoanninaIoanninaGreece

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