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E1872. Beyond The Wall: A Guide To Abdominal Wall Hernias
Authors
  1. Katelyn Bothwell; University of Rochester Medical Center
  2. Sankarsh Jetty; University of Rochester Medical Center
  3. Akshya Gupta; University of Rochester Medical Center
  4. Ravinder Sidhu; University of Rochester Medical Center
Background
Abdominal wall hernias, while commonly encountered, are associated with high morbidity and mortality when complicated by obstruction, strangulation, incarceration, or trauma. It is often difficult to distinguish between types of hernias, but such distinctions are important in directing management of the patient. The goal of this presentation is to familiarize the reader with different types of abdominal wall hernias, their relevant anatomy, and their associated complications.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
1. Review the anatomy of the abdominal and pelvic wall. 2. Highlight imaging modalities and protocols used to evaluate abdominal wall hernias. 3. Review common and uncommon types of abdominal wall hernias, their anatomy, and their complications. 4. Review the surgical repair of commonly encountered hernias. 5. Review mimics and pitfalls.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
1. Anatomy of the abdominal and pelvic wall. 2. Midline hernias. 3. Lateral hernias. 4. Posterior hernias. 5. Surgical approaches.

Conclusion
Abdominal wall hernias are frequently seen in day-to-day practice. Small hernias or early complications of hernias can be easily missed, unless specifically looked for. Knowledge of the imaging appearance of these hernias and their associated complications is pivotal in reducing patient morbidity and mortality.