What are the symptoms of a Spigelian hernia?


The most common symptom of a Spigelian hernia is abdominal pain and tenderness where the hernia is located. A soft reducible bulge may or may not be present. If present, the bulge is below the naval and on the left or right side of the abdomen. It's possible to have bilateral Spigelian hernias, resulting in bulges on both sides of the lower abdomen. If a bulge or mass is not palpable, the area will still be tender. Symptoms of incarcerated Spigelian hernias include abdominal cramping, vomiting, fever, and intense pain in the hernia. Approximately one-third of Spigelian hernias become incarcerated.

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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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