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Ovary - Left Inguinal Hernia

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Anatomy: Genitourinary
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Developmental or Congenital
Created: over 9 years ago
Updated: over 9 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: US
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6 week old female with left inguinal mass.

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Ovary – Left Inguinal Hernia


US – Ovoid mixed echogenic mass in left groin with vascular pedicle traversing the inguinal canal.

Surgery – Left fallopian tube and ovary in left groin and inguinal canal.


Most congenital inguinal hernias involve bowel, omentum/mesentery or encysted fluid. While the male gubernaculum is instrumental in drawing the gonad through the inguinal canal, the female gubernaculum (round ligament) connects the uterus to the labium giving rise to uterine anteversion and restricts inguinal herniation of the ovary. Consequently ovarian inguinal herniation is very rare.


Shadbolt, CL, Heinze SBJ, Dietrich RB. Imaging of groin masses: Inguinal anatomy and pathological conditions revisited. Radiographics (2001); 21:S261-S271.


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