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August 29, 1959


Author Affiliations

San Francisco

Surgical Resident, St. Luke's Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;170(18):2184-2185. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.63010180004011a

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The presence of an ovary in an inguinal hernia is not an uncommon occurrence, with or without strangulation; however, no previous record has been found of an ovary in a femoral hernia.

Report of a Case  A 43-year-old woman entered St. Luke's Hospital on April 29, 1959, complaining of abdominal pain of four days' duration. She had been moving a chair about her home on the day of initial symptoms and later noted the rather rapid onset of a severe, deep, somewhat constant midabdominal pain which radiated slightly above and mostly below the umbilicus. This was soon followed by nausea and vomiting, and the pain was more or less steady in intensity. During the next two days she remained bedfast, vomiting all ingested liquids; she also noticed the development of a tender mass in the right part of the groin. The day previous to admission she was able, however, to

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