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Laparoscopic repair of a Morgagni hernia with extra-abdominal transfascial sutures
  1. Carlos Costa Almeida,
  2. Teresa Vieira Caroço,
  3. Oriana Nogueira and
  4. Armando Infuli
  1. Surgery C, Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra EPE, Coimbra, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carlos Costa Almeida, carloscostaalmeida{at}


Morgagni hernia is a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. It is rare, usually asymptomatic, and most of the times incidentally discovered during adulthood. A 77-year-old female patient was incidentally diagnosed with Morgagni hernia. Meanwhile, because of abdominal pain she resorted to the emergency department. A CT scan was performed. A laparoscopic repair with extra-abdominal transfascial sutures was conducted. At 3-month follow-up, the patient is asymptomatic. Surgical repair of Morgagni hernia is always indicated because of the risk of strangulation of hernia contents. Minimal invasive surgery is the gold standard, and laparoscopy is the preferred approach. Morgagni hernia does not have an anterior rim, which makes it technically difficult to close the defect. Extra-abdominal transfascial technique was used to repair the defect, eliminating the need for intracorporeal sutures. For small defects, simple repair with non-absorbable sutures using extra-abdominal transfascial technique is easy and efficient.

  • General Surgery
  • Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery

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  • Contributors CCA: study design, data collection, writing and review. TVC: data collection, writing and review. ON: data collection and review. AI: review.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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