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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2013, Article ID 125095, 3 pages
Case Report

Amyand’s Hernia: A Serendipitous Diagnosis

Department of Surgery, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 719 Umbilo Road, Congella 4013, Durban, South Africa

Received 24 February 2013; Accepted 20 March 2013

Academic Editors: C. Barnett, I. K. Komenaka, C. Schmitz, and A. Spinelli

Copyright © 2013 S. Mewa Kinoo 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.


An Amyand’s hernia refers to the presence of an appendix within an inguinal hernia sac. This uncommon finding occurs in less than 1% of all right side inguinal hernias; to date, this finding has been reported in only 14 patients with left side inguinal hernias. The preoperative diagnosis of this condition is uncommon. We report the 15th case of a left side Amyand’s hernia that was diagnosed preoperatively on a contrast enema study as well as the relatively more common right-sided Amyand’s hernia diagnosed serendipitously at surgery.