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May 1978

Ultrasonic Evaluation of Ventral Hernias Disguised as Intra-abdominal Neoplasms

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(5):589-590. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370170051008

• 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)