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what are hernia?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Hernia : As defined by pubmed, "a hernia is a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). The sac comes through a hole or weak area in the fascia, the strong layer of the abdominal wall that surrounds the muscle. The types of hernias are based on where they occur.".
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
"Hole-in-the-Wall": A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone of rx is surgery.
Answered on Jun 12, 2014
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Dr. Evert Eriksson
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A defect in the muscles of the abdominal wall
Jun 12, 2014

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