Indian Journal of Surgery

, Volume 77, Supplement 1, pp 35–37 | Cite as

Spigelian Hernia: a Diagnostic Dilemma and Laparoscopic Management

Case Report


Spigelian hernias, also called as lateral ventral hernias, are rare hernias to present themselves in clinical practice. The significance of these hernias lies in the fact that they are commonly intraparietal hernias and are, hence, difficult to diagnose clinically. Moreover, the neck of these hernias is usually small, posing a fair risk of strangulation. With the advancement in laparoscopic hernia repair, there is evidence that Spigelian hernias too can be repaired laparoscopically, thereby causing less morbidity and shorter hospital stay. Here, we present a rare case of large Spigelian hernia that posed to us as a diagnostic dilemma. The symptoms, clinical findings, and ultrasound of the patient were not specific, and a CT scan had to be used as the measure to confirm the diagnosis. The patient was then managed successfully with laparoscopic intraperitoneal onlay mesh repair. The details of the case and a brief discussion are included.


Spigelian hernia Lateral ventral hernia IPOM Laparoscopic hernia repair Laparoscopic Spigelian hernia repair 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General and Minimal Access SurgeryB.L. Kapur Superspeciality HospitalNew DelhiIndia

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