February 1981

The Value of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Nonpalpable Femoral Hernias

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Washington (Dr Deitch), and the Departments of Surgery (Dr Deitch) and Radiology (Ms Soncrant), Public Health Service Hospital, Seattle. Dr Deitch is now with the Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(2):185-187. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380140037008

• Nonpalpable femoral hernias were diagnosed in four patients by the ultrasonic visualization of a space-occupying mass medial to the femoral vein. All four patients had surgical verification of their ultrasonic diagnoses. Therefore, we suggest the liberal use of sonography in the femoral region to aid in the early diagnosis of nonpalpable and clinically questionable femoral hernias. In patients with incarcerated femoral hernias, early sonographic diagnosis prior to strangulation may decrease the high mortality associated with this complication.

(Arch Surg 116:185-187, 1981)