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A 25-year-old female asked:

Is it possible2have an umbilical hernia w/o a visible lump? what else can be the cause4occasional pain inside belly button? (esp when bending back)

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Umbilical pain: Pain inside your umbilicus could be a symptom of a small hernia. There are some other possibilities. Okay to check in with your doc. An ultrasound of the abdominal wall can be helpful.
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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Strain: Yes it is possible but it could be abdominal strain. If you have a hernia see a surgeon and they will fix it.
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Dr. Travis Goodnight
20 years experience
Yes: A small umbilical hernia can be present and not felt or seen. But most surgeons can detect them by feeling. It's more difficult if people are very heavy.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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