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What is hernia?

What is hernia?

"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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is hernia?

A hole: Hernia is the term used most commonly to describe a hole in the abdominal wall through which intra-abdominal organs may pass. You would see this as a lump under the skin. The perfect analogy is a hole in a car tire through which the inner tube can protrude. The only treatment is an operation. See your doctor for an exam if it persists, gets larger, or causes problems. ...Read more

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What are hernia?

What are hernia?

"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. ...Read more

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What is a hernia?

What is a hernia?

A fascial tear: All hernias are caused by a disruption in the fascia of the abdominal wall. Fascia is a strong sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of you abdomen (where it meets your chest) down past your groin. The fascia is the strength layer of your abdominal wall. It is responsible for keeping your abdominal contents in your abdomen. A hernia is a hole in your fascia. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hernia?

Symptoms of hernia?

Depends: Hernias by themselves may be asymptomatic (produce no symptoms) or cause slight to severe pain, or just present as a bulge (especially at the groin). Some may get strangulated causing decrease in blood flow to that organ (usually bowel) and severe pain, nausea, vomiting, redness around skin may ensue. Nearly all hernias have this potential.Symptoms may also depend on the location of the hernia. ...Read more

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What is a hernia ?

Defect or hole: Hernia is a defect in abdominal wall most of the time, but more correctly abnormal protrusion of a viscus ( like disc, brain etc ). ...Read more

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What causes a hernia?

What causes a hernia?

Nature/Nurture: Most hernias develop due to a "birth defect" of sorts, where natural holes in the abdominal wall present in fetal life fail to close. This may manifest itself at birth or require years of "exertion" before the hole reaches a size large enough to be evident. Other hernias are strictly "wear-and-tear" phenomena, although it is believed that they occur in-part due to inherently weak tissue. ...Read more

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Does a hernia go away?

Hernia: Hernia is a defect/hole in the fascia. They can stay the same or get worse, which is why doctors recommend surgical repair. If they worsen, they can cause serious health problems. Take a friend with you to see your doc and get the hernia evaluated. An elective surgical repair is a good way to handle this problem. Be well. ...Read more

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Are hernias inherited?

Are hernias inherited?

Some are.: Hernias develop due to weak points in the abdominal wall. Many of these form as "birth defects" during fetal life without any clear hereditary component. Others may develop due to an inherited weakness in the way collagen crosslinks. Still others may form following trauma such as a surgical incision. ...Read more

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What is hernia hiatal?

Hiatal hernia: Is a defect in the diagphragm, which separates the chest from the abdominal cavities. Most are the sliding type, which does not require surgery most of the time. But some are paraesophageal type, which require surgery in order to prevent strangulation, a devastating complication. Consult a surgeon for specific advice about your case. ...Read more

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