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Handlebar hernia masquerading as an inguinal haematoma

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We report a child who sustained a traumatic hernia of the lower abdominal wall after being thrown forward against the handlebar of his bicycle. This is a rare injury in children, and the clinical features mimic an inguinal haematoma. Suspicion should be raised by the immediate appearance of a mass above the inguinal canal following groin injury, particularly if the swelling then disappears with the patient supine.

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Fraser, N., Milligan, S., Arthur, R. et al. Handlebar hernia masquerading as an inguinal haematoma. Hernia 6, 39–41 (2002).

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