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BMC Surgery 1/2018

Gastric volvulus through Morgagni hernia and intestinal diverticulosis in an adult patient: a case report

BMC Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2018
Zoya Fatima Rizwan Ladiwala, Rija Sheikh, Ayesha Ahmed, Ibrahim Zahid, Amjad Siraj Memon
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Morgagni’s hernia (MH) is a rare type of congenital diaphragmatic hernia with limited available literature. Late presentations are infrequent and the ones complicated due to gastric volvulus are even rarer. Another uncommon association of MH is with small bowel diverticulosis. We herein discussed a case of gastric volvulus as the content of MH, and small bowel diverticulosis present in a patient concomitantly.

Case presentation

A 30 year old woman, who presented with a one year history of epigastric burning and indigestion, occasionally associated with pain and vomiting. On clinical examination, no clue to the diagnosis could be ascertained. Her chest and abdominal x-ray indicated an abnormal air-fluid level at right hemithorax, which prompted a Computed Tomography (CT) scan, showing organo-axial gastric volvulus. MH with gastric volvulus was observed during laparotomy and trans-thoracic reduction of the contents was performed, along with repair of the defect. Multiple intestinal diverticuli were also found and the largest diverticulum was excised.


Gastric volvulus through MH is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition. Non-specific symptoms like epigastric pain and vomiting can delay the diagnosis and management, however, advanced imaging techniques like CT scan can speed up this process. After the diagnosis is made, surgical repair should be attempted regardless of symptoms.
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