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Is a hernia test just coughing?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: "Turn and Cough"

The best way to DX a hernia is by physical examination.
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. Rarely, a hernia can be missed on exam; a ct scan may be helpful.

In brief: "Turn and Cough"

The best way to DX a hernia is by physical examination.
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. Rarely, a hernia can be missed on exam; a ct scan may be helpful.
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