November 1977

The Clinical Value of Pediatric Herniography

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery (Dr Avery), Roosevelt Hospital, New York, and the Departments of Radiology (Dr Berg) and Surgery (Dr Widmann), Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(11):1255-1257. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120240073015

• We review the herniography experience at a community hospital. Twenty-nine patients, aged 4 weeks to 6 years, were examined. Herniography was most often helpful (25 of 29 patients) in determining the need for exploration of the clinically normal side in the patient with a unilateral hernia. By herniography, patients with a right inguinal hernia were found to have a left sac in 47% of cases; whereas with a clinical left inguinal hernia, the incidence of right sacs was 67%. Herniography was also useful (four of 29 patients) as a diagnostic aid in children with a history of hernia but inconclusive physical findings. In all patients explored, the roentgenographic findings were confirmed at surgery.

(Am J Dis Child 131:1255-1257, 1977)