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August 12, 1950

FEMORAL HERNIA: Report of Two Unusual Cases

Author Affiliations

Asbury Park, N. J.

JAMA. 1950;143(15):1335-1336. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.82910500015007d

Within a period of four months we have had the experience of operating on 2 patients, each with a femoral hernia of an unusual nature. These cases, which were found in the extremes of age, are being reported as interesting surgical experiences as well as for statistical record.

FEMORAL HERNIA IN A BOY FIVE YEARS OF AGE  A review of the literature impresses one with the rarity of femoral (crural) hernia in children, particularly in those less than 6 years of age. Denoeux1 mentioned that in 1871 Werhner collected 5,341 cases of femoral hernia, only 7 of which occurred in persons less than 6 years of age, an incidence of 0.13 per cent. He also mentioned Malgaigne's observation that he had seen only 2 cases in patients below the age of 20 years. Velasco Blanco and Echegaray2 reported crural hernia in a boy 11 years of age as