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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-21

Laparoscopic appendicectomy for suspected mesh-induced appendicitis after laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal polypropylene mesh inguinal herniorraphy


Department of General Surgery, Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LH, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Jason M Jennings
The Old Surgery, 22 Hayne Road, Beckenham
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.62532

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Laparoscopic inguinal herniorraphy via a transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) approach using Polypropylene Mesh (Mesh) and staples is an accepted technique. Mesh induces a localised inflammatory response that may extend to, and involve, adjacent abdominal and pelvic viscera such as the appendix. We present an interesting case of suspected Mesh-induced appendicitis treated successfully with laparoscopic appendicectomy, without Mesh removal, in an elderly gentleman who presented with symptoms and signs of acute appendicitis 18 months after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. Possible mechanisms for Mesh-induced appendicitis are briefly discussed.






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