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A 34-year-old female asked:

Can an inguinal hernia cause diarrhea?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
No: No, diarrhea is more of a physiological issue, not caused by an anatomical problem like hernia.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Not likely: Unless the hernia is quite large and containing intestinal contents such as a portion of irritated colon, a hernia is not likely to be a cause of diarrhea.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Doubtful: While it is possible that this could happen, it would be unusual, and there is really no way to link the symptom to the hernia anyway. Having said that, it is possible that the symptom woul resolve after the hernia is repaired, but i certainly wouldn't count on it. Even if it doesn't help, repair would eliminate that as a possibility, and prevent problems from the hernia in the future.

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A 44-year-old male asked:

What can cause a inguinal hernia?

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Increased Pressure: In belly. Holding your breath and lifting something heavy, increasing the pressure in your abdomen. Or a chronic cough.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is an inguinal hernia and causes it?

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Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 13 years experience
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.

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