What are the physical findings that distinguish direct and indirect abdominal hernias?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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If the hernia comes from superolateral to inferomedial and strikes the distal tip of the finger, it most likely is an indirect hernia. If the hernia strikes the pad of the finger from deep to superficial, it is more likely to be a direct hernia. A bulge felt below the inguinal ligament is consistent with a femoral hernia.


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