Laparoscopic repair of morgagni hernia in children

Karadag C. A., Erginel B., Yildiz A., Kaba M., Demir M., Sever N.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2023.01.045
  • Journal Name: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: Laparoscopic, Morgagni hernia, Pediatric
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate our patients who underwent laparoscopic-assisted transabdominal repair for Morgagni hernia (MH). Methods: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent laparoscopy-assisted transabdominal repair using loop sutures for MH between March 2010 and April 2021. Demographic data, symptoms, operative findings, operation methods, and postoperative complications of the patients were reviewed. Results: A total of 22 patients with MH were treated with laparoscopy-assisted transabdominal repair using loop suture. There were 6 girls (27.2%) and 16 boys (72.7%). Two patients had Down syndrome, and two patients had cardiac defects (secundum atrial septal defect, patent foramen ovale). One patient had a V–P shunt due to hydrocephalus. One patient had cerebral palsy. The mean operation time was 45 min (30–86 min). The hernia sac was not removed, and a patch was not used in any of the patients. The mean hospitalization time was 1.7 days (1–5 days). One patient's defect was very large, and another patient's liver was densely attached to the liver sac, causing bleeding during dissection. In total, two patients were converted to open surgery. There was no recurrence during the follow-up. Conclusion: Laparoscopy-assisted transabdominal repair is an efficient and safe choice for the repair of MH. Leaving the hernia sac does not increase the recurrence, so there is no need to dissect the sac.