[Incidental finding of inguinal hernia sac cancer].

Departamentos de Cirugía y Anatomía Patológica, Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile, Santos Dumont 999, Santiago.
Revista medica de Chile (Impact Factor: 0.3). 02/2002; 130(1):91-5.
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The presence of cancer in a hernia sac is uncommon. The tumor can involve the hernia sac, the herniated mass or be external to the hernia sac. We report two cases with this condition. A 68 years old male was operated of a right inguinal hernia. During surgery, several white nodules were noted in the internal side of hernia sac. The same lesions were present in the mesentery. Pathological study revealed an adenocarcinoma. The primary tumor was not located and the patient died one and a half years after the procedure. A 62 years old male was operated due to an irreducible inguinal mass, seven months after a subtotal gastrectomy for gastric cancer. During the resection of the mass, metastasis implants in the mesenteric adipose tissue were noted. A mini laparotomy was performed and an extensive peritoneal tumor dissemination was found. The patient died two months after surgery.

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