oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Groin hernia in central Africa

Volume 16, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In a review of 494 cases of groin hernia, in�direct inguinal hernias constituted the largest single hernia type. Femoral hernias and direct inguinal hernias were less frequent than that reported in most studies elsewhere. Amongst Rhodesian Africans inguinal hernia would appear to be more prevalent in Mtoko and Mount Darwin areas. Inguinal hernias occurred more frequently on the right side. There was an unusually high incidence of associated hydrocoele in adult patients with an indirect hernia.

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