CC BY 4.0 · Arch Plast Surg
DOI: 10.1055/a-2268-6986
Case Report

Abdominal wall hernias following high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy: Three cases report

Woo Yeon Han
1   Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Yongin Severance Hospital, Yongin, Korea (the Republic of)
Yeongsong Kim
2   Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea (the Republic of) (Ringgold ID: RIN65526)
Pyeong Hwa Kim
3   Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, Songpa-gu, Korea (the Republic of) (Ringgold ID: RIN65526)
Eun Key Kim
4   Department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Asan Medical Center, Songpa-gu, Korea (the Republic of) (Ringgold ID: RIN65526)
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Objective: Although many studies reported the safety and efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy, there are still worries about internal organ injury. However, reports of abdominal wall hernias after HIFU therapy are rare. Case report: We present three cases of abdominal wall hernias without skin injury after HIFU therapy in uterine adenomyosis or fibroids. The diagnosis was often delayed because of vague symptoms, inadequate clinical suspicion, and delayed proper image studies. Conclusion: Abdominal wall hernia should be recognized as a possible complication after HIFU and be suspected when the patient presents with unordinary abdominal swelling and/or pain that last for more than a few months after the procedure.

Publication History

Received: 15 May 2023

Accepted after revision: 30 January 2024

Accepted Manuscript online:
14 February 2024

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