Rare Occurrence of Enterocutaneous Fistulae Following Onlay Mesh Repair for Incisional Hernia: A Case Series

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Authors : Shah BC, Degloorkar S


Enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) is a rare and late complication following mesh repair for incisional hernias. This report is a case series of two patients reporting ECF following 10 and 13 years after open surgery for the incisional hernia. Laparotomy was performed in both and the defect was repaired by anatomical closure without a mesh. This case report emphasizes that although polypropylene mesh has been shown to be relatively safe in many studies, it can at times be associated with long-term ECF. 


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