Inguinal herniotomy in young infants

Br J Surg. 1992 Oct;79(10):1071-2. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800791027.


Ninety-two consecutive infants aged up to 12 months underwent primary inguinal herniotomy over a 5-year period. All were treated in a district hospital paediatric surgical unit according to recommendations of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons. After a mean follow-up of 45.8 months, one patient had a failed repair and four (4 per cent) a hernia recurrence. One infant developed a wound infection. Infantile hernia can be managed safely and efficiently in a district hospital.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Recurrence
  • Referral and Consultation