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Imaging challenges in a hernia diagnosis

Abdominal pain could be troubling enough to cause an individual to seek help at a New York emergency room. What can be more troubling, however, is that many such patients do not get proper diagnoses. While issues such as fever or abdominal bulging might indicate certain conditions, the lack of these symptoms might interfere with a diagnosis. In the case of a suspected hernia, imaging might be used to further evaluate a patient. Unfortunately, radiology can also fall short in achieving an appropriate detection.

Experts note that occult hernias can be particularly difficult to confirm through CT scans and MRIs. With CT scans, only 7 percent of these types of hernias are accurately identified. The rate of diagnosis with MRI is better at 33 percent, but this still leaves two of every three cases undiagnosed. Hernias that affect both small and large bowels are more successfully diagnosed.

There may be a number of options for achieving better imaging results in cases involving a suspected occult hernia. One of the most important measures is communication. Because physicians rarely interact directly with radiologists, there may be little variation in imaging techniques for abdominal areas. However, taking the time to explain one's suspicions could assist a radiologist in their approach to matters such as positioning the patient during the tests.

An individual dealing with an abdominal injury related to laparoscopic surgery might face long-term consequences. For example, a routine procedure handled sloppily might result in a laceration to the bladder or another critical organ. The personal challenges faced after such an outcome might warrant legal action for laparoscopic surgery malpractice.

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