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Littre's hernia

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Hernial protrusion of an intestinal diverticulum. More common in men and on the right side. Hernia (50% inguinal, 20% femoral, 20 % umbilical, 10% miscellaneous). When strangulation occurs: pain, fever while small bowel obstruction symptoms and signs are delayed. Etiology: hernia sac containing a Meckel’s diverticulum.

First described by Littre in 1700. Richter described parietal hernia 1778.


  • A. Littre:
    Observations sur une nouvelle espèce de hernie.
    Histoire de l'Académie royale des sciences avec les Mémoires de mathematique et de physique. Paris, (1700), 1719: 300-310.
We thank Rudolf Kleinert, Bad Reichenhall, Germany, for information submitted.

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