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Clerkship - Abdominal Wall and Groin Masses

  • Discuss the differential diagnosis of inguinal pain, mass or bulge. consider hernia, adenopathy, muscular strain.
  • Describe the anatomic differences between indirect and direct hernias.
  • Discuss the relative frequency of indirect, direct and femoral hernias by age and gender.
  • Discuss the clinical conditions that may predispose to development of inguinal hernia.
  • Describe the potential sites for abdominal wall hernias. Consider incisional, umbilical, inguinal, femoral, Spigelian, and epigastric. Differentiate diastasis recti from abdominal hernia.

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