What is the role of laparoscopy in the workup of pediatric hernias?

Updated: Oct 31, 2018
  • Author: Andre Hebra, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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  • Laparoscopy: Diagnostic laparoscopy is a very effective method for determining the presence of an inguinal hernia but is used only selectively because it requires anesthesia and surgery. Laparoscopy can be useful to assess the contralateral side (see Treatment) or to evaluate for presence of a recurrent inguinal hernia in patients with a history of operative repair.

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