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Digestive Disorders

Inguinal Hernia with No Protrusion?



For the last 4 months I`ve had upset stomach almost constantly with discomfort generating to the right side. Abdominal ultrasound/upper GI found nothing but acid reflux. But along with this symptom has been groin pain, more extending into genital/testicle area, some days more than others, no pattern. My GP found no lump in the groin and when I cough it doesn`t trigger pain, so he said no hernia. But can someone have an inguinal hernia even without a lump or bulge in the groin area? And if so, then how would it be diagnosed? Thanks


Inguinal hernias usually can be diagnosed by physical examination and are frequently confirmed by having patients perform certain maneuvers that will usually exacerbate a hernia if it's present.

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Julia Gore Thornton, MD Julia Gore Thornton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University