How is an abdominal hernia identified?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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The first step in attempting to identify a hernia is to look for a swelling or mass in the area of the fascial defect. A fingertip is placed into the scrotal sac and advanced upward into the inguinal canal. If the hernia is elsewhere on the abdomen, an attempt should be made to define the borders of the fascial defect.


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