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Laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy in premature infants.
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PMID:  20669094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
INTRODUCTION: We report the clinical, operative, and outcome results in 58 premature infants (with maximum weight of 5,000 g at time of surgery) undergoing laparoscopic herniorrhaphy.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study was designed as a prospective, non-randomized single center feasibility study. The inclusion criteria were: symptomatic inguinal hernia, gestational age up to 37 weeks and maximum weight of 5,000 g at the time of surgery. Out of 58 premature infants (42 boys and 16 girls), 24 had bilateral, 20 had right-sided and 14 had left-sided hernias. 14 (24.1%) infants were operated on for an irreducible hernia.
RESULTS: The median gestational age at birth was 33 weeks (range 23-37) and the median gestational age at operation was 41 weeks (range 33-52). The body weight at surgery ranged from 1,450 g to 5,000 g (median 3 900 g); 11 infants (19%) weighed less than 2 500 g. No intraoperative surgical complications occurred. Anesthesia complications were noted in 7 cases. At median follow-up of 25 months (range 6-51 months), there were 3 hernia recurrences in 2 infants (3.6%). In 5 boys, we observed high testes requiring subsequent orchiopexy. Regression analysis showed that the risk of undescended testes increased by 65.5% for every 1 kilo lower weight at surgery.
CONCLUSION: Based on our early results, it seems that laparoscopic hernia repair in preterm infants and very low birth weight babies is a safe and feasible procedure and has some procedural benefits compared to the standard open technique.
S Turial; J Enders; K Krause; F Schier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-07-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of pediatric surgery : official journal of Austrian Association of Pediatric Surgery ... [et al] = Zeitschrift für Kinderchirurgie     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1439-359X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Pediatr Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9105263     Medline TA:  Eur J Pediatr Surg     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  371-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
University Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Mainz, Germany.
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