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Hernia. 2012 Feb;16(1):59-62. doi: 10.1007/s10029-011-0863-4. Epub 2011 Jul 28.

Prevalence of adult paraumbilical hernia. Assessment by high-resolution sonography: a hospital-based study.

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Department of Diagnostic Imaging, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, P.O. Box 7805, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. mohamedbedewi@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Abdominal wall hernias are a common imaging finding in the abdomen. Ultrasonography (US) is noninvasive and allows the examination of the patient in a physiological manner. High-frequency annular US probes have become an increasingly important diagnostic tool for detecting pathological lesions in superficial organs.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the prevalence of paraumbilical hernias among adult patients by abdominal sonography in a tertiary care hospital and to describe the sonographic technique and findings.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

During the 2-year period between January 2008 and December 2009, we performed high-resolution US of the anterior abdominal wall on 302 patients who were referred for different reasons other than the examination of the anterior abdominal wall. The images were taken by a radiologist with 12 years of experience in US, and the images were reviewed by three consultant radiologists with expertise in body imaging.

RESULTS:

A total of 302 patients [169 females (56.0%) and 133 males (44.0%)], ranging in age from 17 to 85 years, with a mean age of 53.5 years, were enrolled in the study. The number of positive cases among females was 42 (24.9%) and that among males was 31 (23.3%).

CONCLUSION:

High-resolution US is an efficient tool for detecting the presence of paraumbilical hernias and accurately verifying not only their content, but also the possible associated complications.

PMID:
21796449
DOI:
10.1007/s10029-011-0863-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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