ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Canal of Nuck Hernia in a Female Infant Containing Uterus, Bilateral Adnexa and Bowel
Betül Emine Derinkuyu 1, Mohammad Reza Affrancheh 1, Didem Sönmez 1, Meltem Bingöl Koloğlu 2, Suat Fitoz 1
1Department of Radiology, Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Pediatric Surgery, Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2016.150643

Abstract

Background: The canal of Nuck is a fold of peritoneum that invaginates into the inguinal canal and closes at or just before birth. If the canal of Nuck remains open in female infants, herniation of the uterus, adnexa and/or bowel loops may arise through the inguinal canal into the labia majora.

Case Report: The present case is a 12-week-old female infant with complaints of left groin swelling and discomfort. Ultrasonographic examination revealed a left inguinal hernia containing both adnexa (ovaries and fallopian tubes), uterus and small bowel loops with fluid.

Conclusion: A hernia containing ovary and uterus should be considered as a possible cause in a female infant with a groin mass. Ultrasonography of the inguinal mass lesions should be performed routinely in a female infant for accurate diagnosis.

Keywords : Hernia, infant, canal of Nuck, ovary, uterus
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