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How Are Hernias Diagnosed?

Hernias are most commonly located in the groin or umbilical region. However, hernias may occur in any location in the abdomen. Many patients self-diagnose their hernias.
The symptoms of a hernia include:

  • Swelling or bulge beneath abdominal or groin skin. The bulge may disappear when lying down.
  • Pain or discomfort in the area of the bulge.
  • Limited ability to perform strenuous tasks.

When you feel these symptoms, you should contact your doctor. The doctor will perform a physical exam to determine if a hernia is present. The exam is usually performed in a standing position. The patient is asked to cough while the physician determines if a bulge or swelling is present. If the physician is unable to make the determination, then the physician may request an x-ray, such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI.

Only your doctor or hernia surgeon can properly diagnose your signs and symptoms to determine whether or not they are indeed hernia related.

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