Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Umbilical Hernia Evaluation

The evaluation of an umbilical hernia begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with an umbilical hernia may include:

  • A nontender knot or bulge around the umbilicus
  • A tender knot or bulge around the umbilicus
  • Abdominal tenderness

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of an umbilical hernia.

Tests that may be used to evaluate an umbilical hernia include:

Imaging tests that may be used to evaluate an umbilical hernia include:

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Umbilical Hernia References
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