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March 1984

Masking of Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm by Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Hartford (Conn) Hospital (Drs Louras and Welch), and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington (Dr Welch).

Arch Surg. 1984;119(3):331-332. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390150065015

• Inguinal hernia incarceration is one of the many conditions that can mask the presence of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Hypotension, anemia, and retroperitoneal blood in the inguinal operative field suggest that this aneurysm is present. Delay of appropriate treatment increases the mortality from this highly lethal condition.

(Arch Surg 1984;119:331-332)