Enterocutaneous fistula secondary to mesh erosion of bowel: a late complication of polypropylene mesh use in ventral hernia repair


  • Kartik Saxena Department of Surgery, AIMST University, Bedong, Kedah
  • Rijul Saini Department of Surgery, Oscar Superspeciality Hospital, Sonipat, Haryana http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4936-9445




Mesh erosion, Late complications, Ventral hernia, Incisional hernia, Polypropylene mesh, Enterocutaneous fistula


Use of mesh for reinforcing hernia defects has become standard procedure but it is associated with a few serious complications like bowel erosion and fistula formation. We present a case of a 62 yrs lady with enterocutaneous fistula due to mesh erosion of small bowel, 10 yrs after open incisional hernia repair using polypropylene mesh who had to undergo laparotomy and resection of eroded bowel. A brief review of literature revealed that very few case reports of such fistulas following open incional hernioplasty have been reported and that current research on improving the properties of mesh may reduce such complications in future.


Author Biography

Rijul Saini, Department of Surgery, Oscar Superspeciality Hospital, Sonipat, Haryana

Consultant, Department of Surgery


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