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What causes an irreducible hernia?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
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An irreducible hernia is caused by part of the intestine pushing through an opening in the abdomen wall and then becoming outside the abdomen. Irreducible hernias are often caused by swelling or inflammation that prevents the intestine from sliding back into the abdomen. Most hernias are reducible, meaning they slide in and out of the abdomen wall.

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