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How do you diagnose a groin hernia?

How do you diagnose a groin hernia?

Physical exam: It is a practiced skill that can be difficult to master. Obvious hernias are easy to see and feel by most. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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How can my doctor diagnose an inguinal hernia?

Exam: Hernias usually cause a visible bulge in children. This bulge goes away when they lie down and may be more pronounced standing, straing, or laughing, coughing, etc. Physical exam is very sensitive. Imaging studies are usully reserved for those patients with less than classic symptoms. ...Read more

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How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

X-RAY, Endoscopy,etc: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity. This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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Are there any tests that can diagnose a ventral hernia?

Yes: The best test to diagnose a ventral hernia is a physical exam by a hernia surgeon. Rarely, physical examination may be difficult; a cat scan of the abdomen can be helpful in those circumstances. ...Read more

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Is there a specific test to diagnose ingeniual hernia for testicle.?

Is there a specific test to diagnose ingeniual hernia for testicle.?

An ultrasound: study in both recumbent and upright positions can sometimes show an inguinal hernia that is not evident on clinical exam. ...Read more

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Why can you only see a hernia on a scan when there is a bulge under the skin? Do they diagnose them based solely on symptoms?

Why can you only see a hernia on a scan when there is a bulge under the skin? Do they diagnose them based solely on symptoms?

Imaging: The diagnosis is made clinically and the ultrasound is done for confirmation. Hope this helps. It safely gets you the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Im diagnosed with hiatal hernia and body gastritis. Its difficult for me to do my sprinting and to lay down.Is there any link to what im diagnose?

Im diagnosed with hiatal hernia and body gastritis. Its difficult for me to do my sprinting and to lay down.Is there any link to what im diagnose?

Probably not: The hiatal hernia is almost certainly very small, and probably not responsible for your symptoms. While it would be rare in a 32 year old, you may want to make sure the hiatal hernia isn't a large one, also called a paraesophageal hernia. ...Read more

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Ultimate method to diagnose an abdominal/intestinal hernia?

Ultimate method to diagnose an abdominal/intestinal hernia?

Physical exam: The best way to diagnose an abdominal wall hernia in the groin or in front of the abdomen is by physical examination. Occasionally an ultrasound or cat scan is necessary. ...Read more