October 1973

Spigelian Hernia

Author Affiliations

From the Division of General Surgery, University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Mansberger is now with the Department of Surgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(4):515-517. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350220005003

Spigelian hernias are spontaneous, lateral, ventral hernias protruding through the Spigelian fascia, ie, the area between the musculofascial junction of the transverse abdominal muscle laterally and the outer edge of the rectus muscle medially. The diagnosis is often overlooked because of the frequent lack of definitive physical findings, but must be considered in any case of lower, lateral, abdominal pain or tumor mass.