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World J Gastrointest Surg. Jan 27, 2023; 15(1): 114-120
Published online Jan 27, 2023. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v15.i1.114
Intestinal erosion caused by meshoma displacement: A case report
Jin-Feng Wu, Jian Chen, Fang Hong
Jin-Feng Wu, Jian Chen, Department of General Surgery, Tongde Hospital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou 310012, Zhejiang Province, China
Fang Hong, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Zhejiang University School of Medicine Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Hangzhou 310016, Zhejiang Province, China
Author contributions: Chen J provided a lot of help in the operation; Hong F provided help in the polishing of language; Wu JF contributed to manuscript writing and editing; all authors have read and approved the final manuscript.
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Corresponding author: Fang Hong, MD, Attending Doctor, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Zhejiang University School of Medicine Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, No. 3 Qingchun East Road, Hangzhou 310016, Zhejiang Province, China.
Received: September 28, 2022
Peer-review started: September 28, 2022
First decision: November 27, 2022
Revised: November 30, 2022
Accepted: December 23, 2022
Article in press: December 23, 2022
Published online: January 27, 2023

A meshoma formation and erosion to the small intestine is rare. Herein, we report one case of a meshoma that was not treated early; causing it to displace and erode the small intestine, with infection, complete control of symptoms was achieved after removal of the infected patch mass, no recurrence of hernia after 2 years of follow-up.


A 62-year-old male patient presented with recurrent abdominal pain repeatedly for 1 wk, which has worsened 2 d before admition, accompanied by fever. Five years before presentation he underwent right inguinal hernia Plug and patch repair approach. Two years ago, a computed tomography scan revealed a right lower abdominal mass with soft tissue density, measuring approximately 30 mm × 17 mm, which was diagnosed as meshoma that was not treated. The patient had poorly controlled diabetes in the past year.


The formation of meshoma is rare, and that if not treated in time it might erode and require resection of the involved organ.

Keywords: Tension-Free mesh repair, Polypropylene mesh, Meshoma, Mesh infection, Bowel resection, Case report

Core Tip: The formation of meshoma increases the risk of infection. According to the literature, keep the surgical field clean when placing the mesh, pay attention to the flatness of the mesh, avoid curling and folding, and avoid any direct contact with the viscera. After the formation of the meshoma, surgery to remove the meshoma as early as possible is recommended.