A 51-year-old male asked:
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can prednisone irritate an abdominal hernia or could the use of prednisone weaken the wall that could cause a hernia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Double-Edged Sword: Steroids like Prednisone are potent anti-inflammatory agents, making them very effective for treating many diseases. Unfortunately, wound healing is compromised which can significantly increase the risk of recurrent hernias or postoperative incisional hernias. However, it shouldn't affect primary hernia development.
Answered on Mar 4, 2020
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Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
No unlikely: Long term use of steroid s ( Prednisone ) will have several side effects on body, weight gain fat distribution , muscle weakness ( myopathy ) if have tendency for one , or a pre existent hernia will get one, other wise will not get hernia.
Answered on Sep 9, 2019
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