Whenever a relatively rare clinical entity is of such a nature as to be readily confused with one of common occurrence, an enlightened clinical and surgical judgment results from an analysis of their differential symptoms and signs. Vaginal hernia or enterocele presents such an entity.
The number of cases of vaginal hernia reported in the literature is relatively small. In 1736, Garengeot1 described a case, which was later followed by a description of similar cases by Verdier, Hain, Sandifort and Richter. In 1804, Sir Astley Cooper2 reported a postmortem case in his classic work on hernia. Barker3 stated that no case was recorded in the first sixteen volumes of the Transactions of the Obstetrical Society of London. Most of the earlier works on gynecology give no mention to the subject or else describe it briefly as a pudendal hernia. Taylor,4 in 1831, and Bernard, in
BUEERMANN WH. VAGINAL ENTEROCELE: REPORT OF THREE CASES. JAMA. 1932;99(14):1138–1143. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740660016004
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