Adult morgagni hernia: a single-center experience of five cases and a review of literature
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CitationAğalar, C., Atila, K., Arslan, N. Ç., Derici, Z. S., & Bora, S. (2018). Adult morgagni hernia: A single-center experience of five cases and a review of literature. Turkish journal of surgery, 1–4. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.5152/turkjsurg.2018.3929.
Morgagni hernia is a rare congenital anomaly arising from the fusion defect between the septum transversum and sternum. The diagnosis is usually difficult since the presentation may be asymptomatic or with respiratory symptoms, abdominal and/or retrosternal pain, abdominal fullness, or gastrointestinal obstruction. In this report, we discuss the clinical presentation and management of this rare condition in five consecutive cases. Between 2009 and 2015, five cases underwent surgery for Morgagni hernia (three laparoscopic and two open repair surgeries); one patient developed recurrent hernia 7 months after the laparoscopic surgery. This case is the first reported recurrence in literature following laparoscopic repair in adults. Surgery is the only treatment option for Morgagni hernias, which can be performed through transthoracic, transabdominal, laparoscopic, or thoracoscopic approach. The issues of using mesh and reducing the hernial sac remain controversial.