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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 741915, 3 pages
Case Report

Incarcerated Femoral Hernia Containing Ipsilateral Fallopian Tube

1“G. Gennimatas” Hospital, 2nd Surgical Clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ethnikis Aminis, 41, P.O. 54 635, Thessaloniki, Greece
2Ioannou Michail, 7, P.O. 54 622, Thessaloniki, Greece

Received 27 August 2010; Accepted 3 October 2010

Academic Editor: Michael N. Varras

Copyright © 2010 Stefanos Atmatzidis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Femoral hernias are more common in women and lead to a substantial higher rate for an emergency operation, due to strangulation. Incarcerated femoral hernia with fallopian tube as a content is an extremely rare condition. A 20-year-old woman presented to the emergency department complaining of a 6-day right groin swelling, which became painful and tender to palpation during the last 48 hours. Preoperative ultrasonography detected an oedematous hernia sac, above the femoral vessels, suggesting the presence of an incarcerated femoral hernia. The patient eventually underwent emergency surgery and the diagnosis of a strangulated femoral hernia sac, containing fallopian tube, was established. No resection of the uterine tube was performed and the hernia was repaired with polypropylene plug. The postoperative period was uneventful and the woman was discharged on the second postoperative day.