2000, Number 3
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ABSTRACTObjective: To evaluate the use of herniography in our conditions, as a diagnostic support in patients with inguinal hernia without clinical evidences.
Setting: Third level health care hospital.
Design: Prospective, longitudinal, observational study without control group.
Patients and methods: We studied 17 patients with a hard to diagnose inguinal hernia, using the herniography method described by Ekberg, Gullmo, Oh, Smedberg. Patients were 9 men and 8 women, ranging in age from 20 to 74 years. Indication for the herniography was pain in the inguinal region with suspected hernia.
Results: The study was satisfactory in 14 patients and failed in 3 patients. From the 14 patients with satisfactory results, 20 hernias were diagnosed in 11 patients and diagnosis was discarded in three. No complications occurred.
Conclusion: Herniography is useful to evidence a hard to diagnose inguinal hernia.
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