Acta Med. 2017, 60: 131-134

Amyand’s Hernia: an Up-to-Date Review of the Literature

Dimitrios Patouliasa, Maria Kalogiroub, Ioannis Patouliasb

aDepartment of Internal Medicine, General Hospital of Veria, Veria, Greece
b1st Department of Pediatric Surgery, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, General Hospital “G. Gennimatas”, Thessaloniki, Greece

Received March 14, 2017
Accepted August 11, 2017

Amyand’s hernia is defined as an inguinal hernia, containing the appendix within the hernia sac. Incidence of this rare condition rises up to 1% (0.19–1.7%) of all inguinal hernia cases. Inflammation of the appendix within the inguinal sac is even rarer, as it corresponds to 0.1% (0.07–0.13%) of all Amyand’s hernia cases. After a comprehensive review of the limited relevant literature, we aim through this review study to describe the pathophysiology of inflammation of the appendix – contained in the hernia sac – and present the latest data about the diagnostic approach and surgical treatment of Amyand’s hernia.


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