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Inguinal hernia containing a native orthotopic kidney
  1. Douglas J Cassidy1,
  2. Hemang Kotecha2 and
  3. Vicki Sein1
  1. 1 Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2 Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Douglas J Cassidy, dcassidy3{at}


We report a rare case of an inguinal hernia containing part of a native kidney and present a review of the literature with regard to urological findings in patients with inguinal hernias. This case involves an elderly man with known bilateral inguinal hernias with an incidental radiographic finding of a large right inguinal hernia containing the inferior pole of the right kidney. The patient was not symptomatic from the hernia and given his overall frailty, no surgical intervention was offered.

  • general surgery
  • urological surgery
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  • Contributors All authors included on this paper fulfill the criteria of authorship and no author was excluded. DJC was the resident who took care of the patient in the Emergency Department with the Trauma Team. He maintained communication with the family, obtained consent, performed the initial literature review, and drafted the case report. VS was the attending surgeon of record with the trauma team and supervised DJC. HK was the radiologist of record and is responsible for the formatting of the images and their descriptions.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Next of kin consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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