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Can any one tell me what exactly happens to men in the cough test for hernia ?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
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In brief: Bulge

The test is done to see if there is a bulge in the inguinal canal which is what one would see if a hernia is present.

In brief: Bulge

The test is done to see if there is a bulge in the inguinal canal which is what one would see if a hernia is present.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: "Turn and Cough"

Hernias are holes in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity stretches out like a balloon to create a sac.
A hernia may only be evident with increased abdominal pressure: standing up and coughing "blows up the balloon" making the hernia evident (the "turn" part just saves the doctor from being coughed on:-). Btw-it's the same exam for women.

In brief: "Turn and Cough"

Hernias are holes in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity stretches out like a balloon to create a sac.
A hernia may only be evident with increased abdominal pressure: standing up and coughing "blows up the balloon" making the hernia evident (the "turn" part just saves the doctor from being coughed on:-). Btw-it's the same exam for women.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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