What is the pathophysiology of an abdominal obturator hernia in relation to abdominal hernias?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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An obturator hernia passes through the obturator foramen, following the path of the obturator nerves and muscles. There is a strong female preponderance (female-to-male ratio, 6:1), because of a gender-specific larger canal diameter; this hernia is also much more likely to occur in the elderly. Because of its anatomic position, an obturator hernia more commonly presents as a bowel obstruction than as a protrusion of bowel contents. [14, 10]


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