oa South African Medical Journal - Inguinal hernia in infancy

Volume 26, Issue 44
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The clinico-pathological features of inguinal hernia in infancy have been discussed. It is suggested that these hernias should be classified as complete and incomplete and that other terms that only give rise to confusion should be abandoned. When the sac contains fluid only it should be referred to as a fluid hernia. It has been emphasized that strangulation can and does occur during infancy. Irreducibility should be regarded in the same serious light as it is in adults and taxis should never be attempted. Treatment has been discussed and it has been pointed out that herniotomy between the ages of 3 and 6 months is desirable in the majority of cases. Fifty consecutive cases treated at the Groote Sehuur Hospital have been reviewed briefly.

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