What is the role of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of 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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Ultrasonography is helpful in narrowing the differential on both scrotal masses and masses below the inguinal ligament. It can also aid in the decision to drain or aspirate a nodal abscess. Like CT, ultrasonography may be indicated when a spigelian or obturator hernia is suspected or when the patient’s body habitus hinders physical examination.

Infants with omphaloceles require prompt, thorough evaluations to detect associated anomalies. Initial studies should include bilateral renal ultrasonography and echocardiography, as well as karyotyping and plain radiography of the sacrum.


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