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November 1959

Femoral Hernia in Infancy and Childhood

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery Beth-El Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1959;79(5):750-752. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320110052009

Femoral hernia in the infant or child is a condition which is found infrequently. Only 0.4%1,2 to 0.6%a of all hernias in children will be of the femoral variety. In a total of 3,395 adult hernioplasties performed in several general hospitals, 3.3% were femoral.4 It is therefore evident that there is a significant increase in the incidence in the adult as compared with the child. Many5 believe that femoral hernias are never congenital. Because of this belief and because we felt there was no recent review of the subject, we undertook a study of femoral hernias in children. We have observed two femoral hernias in children in the last five years.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.  —A 9-year-old white boy was admitted on Dec. 3, 1953, because of a right inguinofemoral mass of two months' duration. There had been no associated pain, nausea, or vomiting. At

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