Available online Jul 19, 2018.
[ Original ] Volume 23, Issue 4, 2014, Pages 311-314
Aim:To see if pre-partum factors have a relationship to the development of inguinal hernia in children.
Method:A prospective study on children with hernia.On first contact, the affected child was examined and data
like the age,sex,weight,blood group,the diagnosis,side of the lesion and other co-morbid conditions was recorded.
The mother filled a questionnaire about her age, parity, illness during pregnancy, her mode of delivery and the
patient's position in the family.
Results: There were 104 patients from 103 mothers, their ages ranged from 13days to 14 years with the highest
incidence in the 1-4 age group.The sex ratio was overwhelmingly male (M:F ratio was 38: 1). Right sided hernias
were predominant.Only 7% had a family history.The peak age group of the mothers was 26-32 years and about 33%
of the mothers had some illness during pregnancy.The birth positions of the patients showed that majority of them
were either 1st or 2nd born children.
Conclusion: Women of ages 26-32 likely to have children with inguinal hernia.Malaria during pregnancy is unlikely
to have a role to play. 1st and 2nd born male children have a higher chance of having inguinal hernia.
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Volume 23 | Issue 4
Page Nos. 311-314
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