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what is an inguinal hernia and causes it?

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Dr. Ronen Elefant
12 years experience Critical Care
Abnormal protrusion: A hernia (anywhere) is a protrusion, or something sticking out where it's not supposed to. An inguinal hernia refers to contents from within the abdomen, usually bowel or some fat that protrude through a defect in the abdominal wall. This can be congenital, meaning you're born with it or acquired, something that you develop over time. These can get "stuck" and would then require an urgent operation.
Answered on Apr 2, 2015
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