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How is a hernia diagnosed?

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Your doctor can often diagnose a hernia with a physical exam. Sometimes hernia swelling is visible when you stand up. Usually, it can be felt when you put your hand directly over it and then press down. Ultrasound may be used to see a femoral hernia. Belly X-rays may be ordered to see if a bowel obstruction is present.

SOURCES: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. National Library of Medicine.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. National Library of Medicine.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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