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J Pediatr Health Care. 1998 Sep-Oct;12(5):231-5.

Umbilical hernia, inguinal hernias, and hydroceles in children: diagnostic clues for optimal patient management.

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duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del. 19899, USA.


The assessment of pediatric patients with a possible umbilical hernia, inguinal hernias, or hydroceles can often be problematic for the pediatric nurse practitioner. Understanding the embryologic processes related to these conditions may increase the diagnostic capabilities of the practitioner. Clues to assist in the differential diagnosis and current treatment modalities will be offered. Tips for parental guidance related to these conditions will enhance the team approach to effective referrals and optimal treatment of the children in this clinical population.

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