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Could a hernia in the abdominal be mistaken as fat? The black area? In a CT of abdomem-pelvis w/oral contrast.

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In brief: Hernias are gaps

Since a hernia itself is a gap in muscle or sometimes in the middle of other tissues fat and other things like intestine can squeeze through this gap.
Fat in a hernia defect is not dangerous but can cause pain.Even a small amount of trapped fat can cause pain. This is why ct scans do not always help in diagnosing hernias as there are many areas of naturally occurring fat that are around muscles.

In brief: Hernias are gaps

Since a hernia itself is a gap in muscle or sometimes in the middle of other tissues fat and other things like intestine can squeeze through this gap.
Fat in a hernia defect is not dangerous but can cause pain.Even a small amount of trapped fat can cause pain. This is why ct scans do not always help in diagnosing hernias as there are many areas of naturally occurring fat that are around muscles.
Dr. Prashant Sinha
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Dr. Barry Rosen
CT scans can be helpful for diagnosing a hernia but are not perfect. I have examined many people with "hernias" found on CT that actually had lipomas. Conversely, if the defect in the muscle is not seen, a hernia can be mistaken for fat.
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Hernias

May contain peritoneal fat.

In brief: Hernias

May contain peritoneal fat.
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
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In brief: No

A hernia is easily detected on ct.
It is a defect in the abdominal wall. It may contain fat, but should not be mistaken.

In brief: No

A hernia is easily detected on ct.
It is a defect in the abdominal wall. It may contain fat, but should not be mistaken.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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