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How does cirrhosis of the liver cause an umbilical hernia?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Be careful: What may appear to be an 'umbilical hernia' in the setting of cirrhosis could actually be a patent umbilical vein due to portal hypertension. This should not be operated on. A skilled surgeon would be able to tell the difference.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Anatomy: There is no correlation or connection between these two separate medical conditions.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not a cause BUT with ascites and pressure will fill up an existing hernia.
Dec 3, 2013
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
It doesn't: Cause a umbilical hernia. The increased abdominal pressure from the ascites due to the cirrhosis can increase the intra-abdominal pressure which if there is a defect umbilically not previously discovered can cause a hernia to become detected.
Dr. Scot Lewey
Gastroenterology 37 years experience
Related: Cirrhosis of liver doesn't cause an umbilical hernia but accumulation of fluid in the abdomen known as ascites due to cirrhosis can place enough pressure on the area of umbilicus where umbilical cord came through in infancy to open up the tissue canal enough that hernia results. Drainage of the ascites fluid can occur sometimes. Best treatment is treat the ascites as surgical repair indicated.

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