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What causes a paraumbilical hernia?

A paraumbilical hernia is caused by fat or part of the intestine bulging through a natural opening in the abdomen wall, around the navel. Paraumbilical hernias usually develop later in life and are often caused by acquired abdomen openings linked to intra-abdominal pressure from carrying excess body weight, ascites (a buildup of fluid between the abdominal lining and the organs), cancer or other intra-abdominal malignancy, or multiple pregnancies.

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Hernia

There are several kinds of hernias, but the all happen when pressure pushes an organ (often the intestine) through a weak spot in a muscle face or wall. Different kinds of hernias have different risk factors. 4/5 of all hernias ar...

e inguinal hernias, where the intestine (or occasionally the bladder) pushes through the lower abdominal wall-near or into the groin. Most of these occur in men, although they are also common in newborns because the abdominal walls in babies are weak. Treatment for hernias can be no treatment, to medicines to surgery. Many hernias are not serious, although larger ones certainly can be, and complications can include an obstruction of the digestive tract. Modern surgical methods to treat hernias are much improved over older techniques and recovery times are much shorter.
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