Little Old Lady’s Hernia with Hiatus Hernia- A Case Report
Dr. Manu Vats,
Department of Surgery, 2nd Floor, BL Taneja Block, Maulana Azad Medical College, 2 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002, India.
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is not uncommon to see patients who present with respiratory symptoms secondary to an abdominal pathology, being suspected of having COVID-19. Here, authors report a case of an elderly female who presented with recent-onset dyspnoea, shortness of breath, pain abdomen and non passage of flatus and stools. Examination revealed that the patient had tachycardia, tachypnoea, and dyspnoea with an oxygen saturation (SpO2) of 92%. Her abdomen was distended, non tender with no free fluid detected. All the hernial orifices were free. Computed Tomography (CT) scan revealed a left diaphragmatic hernia and a left-sided obturator hernia with obstructed ileal segment. However, intraoperatively a Type IV hiatus hernia was discovered, where the Gastrooesophageal (GE) junction, stomach, colon, and omentum were the contents. This case highlights an unusual clinical presentation of a rare cause of intestinal obstruction and its management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Obstructed obturator hernia is associated with high morbidity and mortality.