What are the physical findings associated with incarcerated 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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As many as 15% of children, especially young infants, present with incarceration. Attempts at reducing an incarcerated hernia are often successful; 80% of children do not need an immediate operation. An emergency hernia operation has 20 times the risk of complications that an elective repair does; therefore, reduction of an incarcerated hernia should be attempted by an appropriately experienced practitioner, and conscious sedation should be used if necessary. In patients with chronic hernias, adhesions may hinder reduction.


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