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Incarcerated hernia

This occurs when the intestine becomes stuck at the internal inguinal ring. If it is prolonged, the blood supply may also become compromised, causing strangulation. There is a sudden increase in the size of the hernia with severe pain and symptoms of bowel obstruction (vomiting and abdominal distension). On examination a hard tender fixed mass in the groin is palpable, with increased bowel sounds on auscultation. It may be confused with the torsion of testis, acute inguinal lymphadenitis and tense infected hydrocoele.


 

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