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August 4, 1906


Author Affiliations

Assistant Physician, Independence State Hospital for Insane. INDEPENDENCE, IOWA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(5):361-362. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210050045003c

Inguinal vesical hernia, or inguinal hernia of the bladder, is necessarily rare, owing to the fact that the fundus of the bladder, under normal conditions, rises above the brim of the pelvis only when the cavity of the bladder is distended with urine. By adhering to other organs the bladder may, however, be dragged out of its normal position, and give rise, in part or entirely, to a ventral hernia, a femoral hernia, an inguinal hernia, a peritoneal hernia or a scrotal hernia.

Henry O. Marcy, in his excellent work on "Hernia"1 refers to cases of inguinal hernia of the bladder reported by Percival Pott, Cooper, Scarpa, Lawrence, Clement, Horace E. Marine and Arthur F. Norton. In some of these cases the hernia had reached the lower part of the scrotum and had to be squeezed in order to empty it of the urine it contained. Some of the