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Can abdominal hernias in kids cause constipation?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Hernias in children seldom causes gastrointestinal symptoms, e.

In brief: No

Hernias in children seldom causes gastrointestinal symptoms, e.
g., abdominal pain.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
However, constipation may make the hernia more evident and/or symptomatic.
Dr. Janet Meller
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

No.

In brief: No

No.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible

Children can have pain with abdominal wall hernias.
Often the straining at stool causes incarceration of the hernia. The resultant pain interrupts the stooling process. Defecation is incomplete and constipation may result.

In brief: Possible

Children can have pain with abdominal wall hernias.
Often the straining at stool causes incarceration of the hernia. The resultant pain interrupts the stooling process. Defecation is incomplete and constipation may result.
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Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Not usually

Abdominal hernias don't typically cause constipation.
Hernias are more common in children with constipation because they strain more, causing the hernias to appear. These hernias do require repair because of the risk of the intestines getting stuck in them. This can be an emergency. The constipation is typically treated with diet modification and laxatives.

In brief: Not usually

Abdominal hernias don't typically cause constipation.
Hernias are more common in children with constipation because they strain more, causing the hernias to appear. These hernias do require repair because of the risk of the intestines getting stuck in them. This can be an emergency. The constipation is typically treated with diet modification and laxatives.
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