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Question 2#

The appropriate treatment of rectus abdominis diastasis is:

A. Observation
B. Resection and primary repair
C. Mesh overlay
D. Lateral component separation

Correct Answer is A


Rectus abdominis diastasis (or diastasis recti) is a separation of the two rectus abdominis muscular pillars. This results in a bulge of the abdominal wall that is sometimes mistaken for a ventral hernia despite the fact that the midline aponeurosis is intact and no hernia defect is present. Computed tomography ( CT) scanning can provide an accurate measure of the distance between the rectus pillars and will differentiate rectus diastasis from a true ventral hernia. Surgical correction has been described for cosmetic reasons but is unnecessary and risks the formation of a true postoperative hernia.