Elizabeth Guelmo-Daisley*, Ariadne Saunders, Richard Spence and Professor Shamir Cawich
Department of Surgery, Port- Of Spain General Hospital, Port- Of- Spain, Trinidad
*Corresponding Author: Elizabeth Guelmo-Daisley, Department of Surgery, Port- Of Spain General Hospital, Port- Of- Spain, Trinidad.
Received: February 22, 2022; Published: April 13, 2022
Background: Internal hernias are an uncommon cause of small bowel obstruction. These are caused by the protrusion of viscera through defects in the mesentery or peritoneum. Pouch of Douglas hernias are an exceedingly rare type of internal hernia. As such, there are no standard guidelines for management.
Case Presentation: An elderly female presented with small bowel obstruction in the virgin abdomen, was found to have a recto uterine cul-de-sac or pouch of Douglas hernia via a computer tomography (CT) scan. Open reduction of the hernia followed by herniotomy was the method used to treat this patient.
Conclusion: Pouch of Douglas hernias are a rare type of internal hernia. It may be due to a congenital defect in the peritoneum or due to an acquired defect usually secondary to previous pelvic procedures. It may be identified via computer tomography (CT) and the definitive management is surgical due to the high risk of strangulation. Herniotomy or widening of the hernia defect, which decreases the risk of incarceration and strangulation, appears to be a valid method of definitive management of hernias within the Pouch of Douglas
Keywords: Computer Tomography; Douglas; Hernia
Citation: Elizabeth Guelmo-Daisley. “Small Bowel Obstruction Secondary to an Internal Hernia Through the Pouch of Douglas: A Case Report and Review of the Literature”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 6.5 (2022): 14-17.
Copyright: © 2022 Elizabeth Guelmo-Daisley. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.