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Inguinal hernia in children

Chris Ramsook, MD
Section Editors
Jonathan I Singer, MD
Jan E Drutz, MD
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James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


The epidemiology, clinical presentation, and management of inguinal hernia in children will be reviewed here.

The evaluation of inguinal swelling and the causes and evaluation of scrotal pain and swelling in children and adolescents are discussed separately. (See "Evaluation of inguinal swelling in children" and "Causes of painless scrotal swelling in children and adolescents" and "Causes of scrotal pain in children and adolescents" and "Evaluation of scrotal pain or swelling in children and adolescents".)


Hydrocele — A hydrocele is a fluid-filled collection that can occur anywhere along the path of descent of the testis or ovary. (See 'Embryology' below.)

Hernia — A hernia is the protrusion of a portion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening in the wall that normally contains it.

Incarceration — Incarceration describes a hernia that cannot be reduced by manipulation. An incarcerated hernia may or may not be strangulated.

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