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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 2019212, 3 pages
Case Report

Colocutaneous Fistula after Open Inguinal Hernia Repair

Department of General Surgery, Larnaca General Hospital, Larnaca, Cyprus

Received 24 July 2016; Accepted 28 August 2016

Academic Editor: Tahsin Colak

Copyright © 2016 Maria Isaia 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.


The plug-and-patch technique is frequently used for the open repair of inguinal hernias; however, serious complications may arise on rare occasions. We present the case of a 69-year-old patient who presented with a colocutaneous fistula with the sigmoid colon 9 years after the repair of a left sliding inguinal hernia with the plug-and-patch technique. The patient underwent sigmoidectomy and excision of the fistulous track. He was discharged on postoperative day 5 and had an uneventful recovery. Although such complications are reported rarely, the surgeon must be aware of them when deciding upon the method of hernia repair.