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Diagnostic Tests for Groin pain

Diagnostic Test list for Groin pain:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Groin pain includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Look and feel for any obvious swelling in the groin. If not apparent, asking the person to cough may make the lump appear and suggests a hernia. If the lump expands with coughing and there is a cough impulse this usually suggests an inguinal hernia
    • Determine if the lump is reducible which suggests a femoral or inguinal hernia
    • Observe the skin overlying the groin lump. If red may suggest a strangulated hernia or abscess
    • Feel for pulsatility of the lump which suggests femoral artery aneurysm
    • Examine the skin of leg for any evidence of infection which may be draining to the groin lymph nodes
    • Examine all other lymph nodes
    • Examine back and hips
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Renal function tests and electrolytes
  • Urine tests
    • Urinalysis and urine microscopy and culture (may help diagnose pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis, kidney stones which can cause pain that radiates to the groin)
  • Swab and culture the base of any genital lesions - to diagnose genital herpes, syphilitic ulcer, Chancroid (Haemphilus ducreyi).
  • Radiological investigation
    • Groin ultrasound can confirm hernia and determine type
    • Bone scan may help rule out a psoas abscess, can detect stress fractures of the femoral neck or pelvis or osteitis pubis
    • Arteriography may help diagnose femoral artery aneurysm
    • Venography or Doppler ultrasound scan will help diagnose saphenous varix
    • X-ray of the pelvis and Lumbar spine (to detect osteoarthritis of hip or spine)
    • CT Scan of the pubic symphysis (to detect osteitis pubis and pubic instability
    • Intravenous pyelogram may detect kidney stones and assesses kidney function

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Groin pain causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Groin pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Groin pain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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