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Herniation of the hepatic flexure through the foramen of Winslow, and a review of literature describing the minimally invasive technique


Foramen of Winslow hernias is a rare and challenging diagnosis as signs and symptoms are usually non-specific. CT imaging has become the method of choice in diagnosing such conditions preoperatively. Traditionally managed via laparotomy, there has been an increase in the use of the minimally invasive technique in recent times, though experience remains sparse. This is a case of a 73-year-old woman with hepatic flexure herniation through the foramen of Winslow who was managed by the traditional laparotomy approach. A review of the literature was performed to learn key techniques in the use of laparoscopy to manage future cases.

  • general surgery
  • radiology
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