Are perioperative antibiotics indicated in the surgical treatment of abdominal inguinal hernias in children?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Routine use of perioperative antibiotics for uncomplicated inguinal hernia repairs in children is not generally indicated. Some cardiologists advise prophylactic antibiotic use to lower the risk of endocarditis in children with associated cardiac defects; patients with ventriculoperitoneal shunts may also benefit.


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