Friday, November 8, 2013

Inguinal hernia in female infants: a cue to check the sex chromosomes?

This study reaffirms that Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome CAIS should be considered in all girls who present with inguinal hernias. The options of assessment by gonadal inspection, gonadal biopsy,
ultrasound and karotyping are all considered, without reaching any real conclusion or suggestions. Common practice is to attempt to visualize the ovary or fallopian tube in all females undergoing inguinal herniotomy. If this is not possible, blood would be routinely sent intra-operatively for a subsequent karyotype to be performed.
Deeb A, Hughes IA. BJU Int 2005; 96: 401–3



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