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How do you diagnose a groin hernia?
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In brief: Physical exam
It is a practiced skill that can be difficult to master. Obvious hernias are easy to see and feel by most.

In brief: Physical exam
It is a practiced skill that can be difficult to master. Obvious hernias are easy to see and feel by most.
Dr. Prashant Sinha
Dr. Prashant Sinha
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Dr. David Edelman
If a hernia can not be detected by a general surgeon's physical exam, a sonogram of the groin is a helpful tool to demonstrate a hernia.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Sx and physical exam
Symptoms: localized pain in groin, often increased with coughing or sneezing, a lump may pop out at times, especially with a cough.
If pain persists, or lump/swelling persists and can't be gently massaged back into abdominal cavity, it may be strangulating and compromising blood supply= emergency. An exam by doc should make the diagnosis. If primary care doc is unsure, get surgical opinion.

In brief: Sx and physical exam
Symptoms: localized pain in groin, often increased with coughing or sneezing, a lump may pop out at times, especially with a cough.
If pain persists, or lump/swelling persists and can't be gently massaged back into abdominal cavity, it may be strangulating and compromising blood supply= emergency. An exam by doc should make the diagnosis. If primary care doc is unsure, get surgical opinion.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Hernia
Examination by a physician. Usually a visible and palpable bulge.

In brief: Hernia
Examination by a physician. Usually a visible and palpable bulge.
Dr. Steven Saunders
Dr. Steven Saunders
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