• Most cases of ventral hernias are easily diagnosed by palpation, but palpation is a subjective examination that may be difficult or even misleading, especially in obese patients. In cases of diagnostic uncertainty, ultrasonic examinations offer an objective means of distinguishing between a mass in the abdominal wall and one actually deep to the peritoneum. In addition, if such a mass is detected, these studies provide information that can characterize its physical nature.
(Arch Surg 113:589-590, 1978)
Thomas JL, Cunningham JJ. Ultrasonic Evaluation of Ventral Hernias Disguised as Intra-abdominal Neoplasms. Arch Surg. 1978;113(5):589-590. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370170051008