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Blunt trauma can cause abdominal wall hernias. These hernias may not be determined clinically hence the importance of Computed Tomography and an experienced radiologist. FAST scans performed by non-radiologists while good at detecting intra-peritoneal fluid may not be a reliable diagnostic tool for traumatic abdominal hernias.






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Lateral abdominal wall hernia following blunt trauma a rare case

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Abstract
The presence of superficial bruising, no abnormal signs on abdominal examination and a negative FAST scan of the abdomen may not be enough to rule out intra-abdominal pathology. We report on the usefulness of CT in diagnosing a post-traumatic abdominal wall hernia.






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