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Special Feature
June 2013

Image of the Month—Diagnosis

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JAMA Surg. 2013;148(6):574-575. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.304b

The computed tomographic scan findings were consistent with an incarcerated right inguinal hernia with acute appendicitis in the hernia sac. A laparoscopic appendectomy was performed, an inflamed internal ring was found, and a temporary repair was performed by dissecting and suturing a portion of the adjacent lateral vesicoumbilical ligament to the internal inguinal ring (Figure 3).

A 1-cm T1a appendiceal carcinoid tumor was found. The patient returned to the operating room 6 weeks later for exploratory laparoscopy; no additional evidence of malignancy was found, and the primary hernia repair was adequate. He underwent a formal transabdominal preperitoneal repair with mesh, and his recuperation was uneventful.