What causes a Spigelian hernia?

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  • A Spigelian hernia is caused by intra-abdominal pressure that pushes a portion of an abdominal organ into the layers of abdominal muscle that make up the abdominal wall. Spigelian hernias are also known as spontaneous hernias because they can develop suddenly after injury or trauma to the abdomen area. Obesity, chronic coughing, multiple pregnancies, surgery, and heavy-lifting are other factors that cause a Spigelian hernia to develop over time. Some Spigelian hernias are congenital, meaning they are present at birth, but they are very rarely seen in children.

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