Fistulating Richterís Hernia of Groin with Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection: A Lethal Combination PD05-PD07
Dr. Lileswar Kaman,
Professor, Department of General Surgery, Pgimer, Chandigarh-160012, India.
Strangulation of groin hernia can result in significant morbidity and mortality. Spontaneous external fistulation following strangulation is rare and typically occurs with Richterís hernia. Spreading Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection (NSTI) secondary to Enterocutaneous Fistula (ECF) is an ominous sign, further worsening its prognosis. Early diagnosis and prompt surgical treatment is crucial to improve outcome. Herewith the authors are presenting a case of neglected inguinal hernia. It was complicated with ECF formation and rapidly spreading NSTI of flank. He underwent resection and anastomosis of the gangrenous bowel, anatomical repair of the hernia along with soft tissue debridement of flank region. This patient however succumbed to sepsis with multi organ dysfunction. Significant delay in seeking medical care led to dismal outcome.