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Pediatr Surg Int. 2005 Jun;21(6):485-7. Epub 2005 Apr 12.

Littre's hernia in newborn infants: report of two cases.

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Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproduction Medicine, Section of Pediatric Surgery, Policlinico Le Scotte, University of Siena, Viale Bracci, 53100 Siena, Italy.


Littre's hernia was originally defined by Reinke in 1841 as "the presence of a Meckel's diverticulum in any hernial sac." It is generally difficult to differentiate from other types of hernia until complications arise. It is a rare and accidental finding at any age, but it is absolutely exceptional in neonates. To our knowledge, only one case under the age of 1 month has been reported in the literature. Herein two cases treated in the first 20 days of life are reported.

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