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A general practitioner primer on groin hernias
Background Patients, particularly adult males, commonly present to general practice with groin hernias. Although rarely life-threatening, groin hernias can be associated with considerable morbidity and limitation of earning capacity. General practitioners should be equipped with a sound knowledge of the relevant anatomy, clinical findings and management principles in order to facilitate all aspects of the patient journey.
Objective Drawing on evidence from the literature and personal clinical experience, this article seeks to enhance understanding of groin hernias and provide information on what is considered current best practice.
Discussion A number of key points have been generated that will serve to inform the management of patients with groin hernias in the primary care setting.
Publication titleAustralian Journal of General Practice
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
PublisherRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publicationAustralia
Rights statement© The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2018.