Complete transmural gastric migration of PTFE mesh after surgery for a recurrent hiatal hernia

Venanzio Porziella, Filippo Lococo, Stefano Margaritora, Guido Costamagna, Alfredo Cesario, Giovanni Rosario Leuzzi, Maria Raffaella Marchese, Lucio Petruzziello, Pierluigi Granone, A. Cesario, G. Leuzzi, M. Marchese, L. Petruzziello, P. Granone

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Complications directly associated with the use of prosthetic materials in large hiatal hernia repair are rarely cited events in the literature. We herein report a case of a 47 year-old woman who came to our attention for a subacute onset of severe dysphagia and weight loss. She previously underwent laparotomic Nissen fundoplication with PTFE dual-mesh cruroplasty for a large recurrent hiatal hernia. With the clinical suspicious of "Tight Nissen", an endoscopy was performed and revealed a circular stenosis in the lower esophagus, a rotation of the stomach and, surprisingly, the presence of PTFE mesh free-moving in the gastric lumen With the use of rattooth forceps, the foreign body was removed and, after few days, the patient underwent a surgical debridement of hiatal scar tissue and a gastropexy procedure. In conclusion, dysphagia may manifest during the early postoperative period after mesh repair antireflux surgery, but such dysphagia usually resolves; if it doesn't or if it worsens, mesh migration must be excluded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-43
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Volume16 Suppl 4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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