The diagnosis of
inguinal hernia is usually based on your medical
history and a
physical exam. Tests such as ultrasound and CT scans
are not usually needed to diagnose an inguinal hernia. In most cases, a doctor
can identify an inguinal hernia during a physical exam.
A urine test (urinalysis)
may be done to rule out a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection or
kidney stone may cause pain in the groin that can be mistaken for hernia pain.
Further tests may be done to rule out other conditions that could be
contributing to the hernia, such as colon or
prostate cancer or lung diseases that cause chronic
If surgery is planned, other tests may be needed to
evaluate the status of any current health problems, such as lung, heart, or
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November 14, 2014
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