Benign joint hypermobility syndrome among children with inguinal hernia

Masoud Nazem, Peyman Mottaghi, Alireza Hoseini, Hesam-al-din Khodadadi


Background: Benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS) is a disorder due to laxity of supporting connective tissue of joints.
Inguinal hernia is also proposed due to weak supporting tissue that may be a clinical presentation of a more widespread problem of connective tissue. Materials and Methods: In a cross-sectional study, prevalence of benign hypermobility joint syndrome (BHJS) was assessed among 100 children aged 2-12 year admitted with inguinal hernia during 2010-2011. Results: BJHS (Beighton score ≥ 4) were
detected in most of children (92%) with inguinal hernias. Conclusion: BHJS amongst this population was substantially greater than reported prevalence in healthy children and due to subsequent clinical significances; it is worthy to screen such patient s for BHJS.

Key words: Inguinal hernia, joint hypermobility, pediatric

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