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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2013 December;172(12):953-5

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Prenatal ultrasound diagnosis of fetal inguinoscrotal hernia: case report

Forleo F. 1, Itto E. M. R. 2, Forleo M. 3

1 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics “S. Giuseppe Moscati” Hospital of Aversa Caserta, Italia;
2 Department of Medical Emergency “A. Cardarelli” Hospital of Naples, Naples, Italy;
3 Departmen of Radiology “A. Cardarelli” Hospital of Naples, Naples, Italy


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Congenital inguinal hernias, the most common defect in the abdominal wall in infants and children, have rarely been reported in utero. The prenatal diagnosis of this condition based on movement of the intestinal content within the ileal loops is here described. The early detection of this pathologic condition is extremely important, because segments of bowel may become trapped in the hernia pouch leading to obstruction of the lumen. The differential diagnosis with other conditions, that cause distension of fetal scrotum or masses protruding from the perineal region is discussed.

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