Indirect inguinal hernia containing uterus, fallopian tube, and ovary in a term infant

Turgay Kara, Erdi Seckin, M. Sedat Durmaz, Canan Kocaoglu


Indirect inguinal hernia is most commonly seen in infants. Prevalence is lower in girls. Both uterus and ovary including hernia sac is extremely rare. Early diagnosis and surgery is critical, since strangulation and necrosis of these organs may lead to serious conditions and infertility. Doppler Ultrasound (US) is the effective method in differentiation and diagnosis of inguinal hernias of infants. In this very rare case, according to the literature knowledge, we aimed to represent the sonographic and surgical features of a 40 day old vaginally delivered term female infant admitted to our clinic with right groin mass and diagnosed as indirect incarcerated inguinal hernia containing viable uterus, fallopian tube and ovary via US. She went under early surgery through which ovary, fallopian tube and uterus were found in hernia sac. All herniated organs were reduced into peritoneal cavity and the hernia sac was high –ligated.


Inguinal hernia; incarcerated hernia; uterus; ovary; ultrasound; child

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