Is An Abdominal CT Scan Needed For An Inguinal Hernia Sufferer?
Doctor, is an abdominal ct-scan needed for a case of an incisional hernia or an inguinal hernia
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Inguinal hernia is a condition in which there are organs (generally the lining of abdominal organs (omentum) or intestine) that enter the inguinal hole. While an incisional hernia is a hernia that occurs due to weakness in the abdominal wall due to a history of surgery on the wall area. In general, if both types of hernias can be diagnosed only through complaint evaluation and physical examination, the use of any radiological supportive examination such as USG, CT-Scan or MRI is not recommended because it does not add diagnostic value and is also not cost effective.
However, these three types of examination may be used to help diagnose both types of hernias if the results of the evaluation of complaints and physical examination are unclear and do not support the diagnosis of hernias. Especially for the use of CT-Scan, until now its use is still very rare as a method of making a diagnosis because of its lower sensitivity and specificity compared to other tests to detect a hernia. For now, the examination that has the highest sensitivity and specificity values to establish a hernia diagnosis is MRI examination. Even so, if your doctor recommends doing a CT scan, keep doing the examination because the doctor must submit the examination on the basis of certain considerations.
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