Published in Women's Health Weekly, September 20th, 2007
"In the normally developing female fetus, the processus vaginalis is usually obliterated by 8 months of gestation.(1) In premature infants, because this structure is often patent, an inguinal hernia commonly develops. In female infants, it has been reported to contain the ovary with or without portions of the fallopian tube 15% to 20% of the time.(2) Although some hernias regress spontaneously,(3) this is less likely to occur...
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