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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 314394, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/314394
Case Report

Sigmoid Carcinoma in an Inguinal Hernia: A Blessing in Disguise?

Atrium Medical Centre, Department of General Surgery, Henri Dunantstraat 5, 6419 PC Heerlen, The Netherlands

Received 19 October 2013; Accepted 7 November 2013

Academic Editors: C. Barnett and B. H. Lang

Copyright © 2013 P. B. Salemans 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.

Abstract

Colorectal cancer is a rising problem, as the incidence increases with age. In most cases the goal of treatment is oncological resection followed by adjuvant chemotherapy in order to optimize the survival. In this case report we present a 93-year-old patient with a sigmoid carcinoma inside an irreducible inguinal hernia, which was diagnosed prior to surgery. We chose to perform a sigmoid resection through an oblique inguinal incision as a safer alternative to laparotomy.