OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency and evaluate the clinical presentation and management
policies of giant inguinal hernia.
DESIGN: Descriptive study.
PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: This study was conducted in the department of surgery at
Liaquat University of Medical & health Sciences Jamshoro / Hyderabad and Rajputana Hospital
Hyderabad from October 2000 to September 2002 (two years)
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male patients of all ages with giant inguinal hernia diagnosed clinically
were included in the study. A uniform system of history taking, physical examination, investigations
and treatment was adopted for all patients and information was recorded on predesigned
RESULTS: All 30 patients were male with age ranging from 50 to 70 years. Average age being
54.33+5.62. Most of the patients 60% were farmers by occupation and having right sided giant
inguinal hernia. Ninty percent of patients presented as an uncomplicated case with complaints
of giant inguinoscrotal swelling causing difficulty in walking, sitting and difficulty in voiding.
Only 3 cases (10%) were admitted with features of intestinal obstruction. Out of 30 cases, 14
(46.66%) underwent basini repair while 8 (26.66%) underwent repair with mesh and orchidectomy.
Right hemicolectomy including resection of half portion of ileum with orchidectomy and
mesh repair was done in 8(26.66%) patients. Two patients of 70 years died due to cardiorespiratory
failure while one patient died because of renal failure. Clinically maximum number of
patients (46.66%) belonged to MHL grade-I while only one patient belonged to MHL grade-IV.
Postoperative complications, hematoma in 5 patients(41.6% cases) and wound infection in 4
patients (33.33%) were the most common complications followed by chest infection developed
in 3 (10%). Twenty cases (66.66%) had hospital stay of 7 to 9 days while others were discharged
late due to postoperative complications.
CONCLUSION: The frequency of giant inguinal hernia is more among patients of old age, labour
class and from rural areas. It is common in our population because of ignorance of hernia, living
in remote areas and unawareness of complications of the disease.
Inguinal hernia, giant hernia. basini repair.