Inguinal masses are a common finding among infants; their etiologies range from benign to potentially life threatening(1). However, inguinal herniation of the ovary or uterus presenting as a labia majora mass is a rare congenital condition that may be complicated by strangulation, torsion, and infertility(2).
We present a case of indirect inguinal hernia in a 6-week-old female infant with prolapse of an ovary. The case is reported in order to alert sonographers to its appearance
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. Retroperitoneal fat enters the inguinal canal usually with overgrown vaginal process. Our non-published studies on inguinal hernia (n = 575) indicate that in a vast majority of cases (n = 486; 84.5%), the clinical picture of inguinal hernia was only due to the presence of retroperitoneal fat in the inguinal canal. The accumulated fat presented as structures varying in size, usually oblong, well delineated, homogeneous, slightly hypoechoic, plastic and with varying compliance to transducer compression (Fig. 5
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