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Revista chilena de cirugía

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ACEVEDO F, Alberto; REYES H, Eduardo; LOMBARDI S, Juan  y  ROBLES G, Ignacio. Prevalence of inguinal hernia repair. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2006, vol.58, n.2, pp.133-137. ISSN 0718-4026.

Background: There is little epidemiologic information about the surgical treatment of inguinal hernias in Chile. Aim: To study the prevalence of hernia repair and some specific epidemiologic aspects of this condition in the population of the East Metropolitan Health Service (SSMO) of Santiago. Material and methods: The patient discharge database during 2002, registered by the National Statistics Institute and the Statistics Unit of the Ministry of Health, was revised. The epidemiologic studies in patients of the SSMO of Santiago were performed using patient data from the archives of the bio-statistics Units of the SSMO, the Surgical Department of Hospital del Salvador and the Health Reference Center Cordillera of Santiago. Results: The national prevalence of inguinal herniorrhaphy was 138.2/100.000. The figure was 139.3 for patients ascribed to public health insurance systems, 121 for subjects ascribed to private health insurance systems and 119.5 for beneficiaries of Armed Forces insurance plans. In the SSMO the prevalence of inguinal herniorrhaphy was 217. The average in the rest of Metropolitan Santiago health services was 110.8/100,000 inhabitants. In SSMO patients, inguinal herniorrhaphy, accounted for 60.3% of all abdominal wall hernias (87% in children and 56% in adults). The male/female ratio for inguinal herniorrhaphy was 2.7/1 (4/1 among adults and 1.7/1 among children). The frequency of inguinal herniorrhaphy was 13 times higher in the first year of age, compared to other ages. Conclusions: The prevalence of inguinal hernia repair in this series of patients is notoriously lower than that reported elsewhere and indicates that patient access to this treatment is far from optimal

Palabras clave : Inguinal hernia; herniorrhaphy; epidemiology.

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