Lumbar Hernia: An Unusual Presentation of Bear Maul


Introduction: Typical lumbar hernias are very rare surgical conditions. Lumbar hernias can be congenital or acquired. About 25% of all lumbar hernias have a traumatic etiology. Case-Report: We here reported a case of a 55-year-old male who was mauled by a bear. The patient developed an atypical lumbar hernia after 6 months of sustaining craniofacial and abdominal trauma. Open hernioplasty, which was a very challenging job, was done in this patient. Conclusion: Post traumatic lumbar hernias have been reported but till today no case of lumbar hernia following an attack by a bear has been reported in literature. Both acute and long-standing post-traumatic lumbar hernias are rare but challenging conditions. The corrective surgical procedure becomes more complex as hernial defect enlarges. Reconstruction is a challenging aspect of lumbar hernia surgery.

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M. Shah, A. Charag, A. Shah and H. Zargar, "Lumbar Hernia: An Unusual Presentation of Bear Maul," International Journal of Clinical Medicine, Vol. 4 No. 10, 2013, pp. 451-454. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2013.410080.

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