What’s a Hernia?
A hernia is a condition in which part of the intestine bulges through a weak area in muscles in the abdomen. This can allow a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to push into the peritoneal sac.
How does a Hernia develop?
Anyone can get a hernia at any age. They are more common as we get older. Hernias develop due to heavy strain on the abdominal wall, aging, injury, an old incision or a weakness present from birth. Most hernias in children are congenital. In adults, a natural weakness or strain from heavy lifting, persistent coughing, and difficulty with bowel movements or urination can cause the abdominal wall to weaken or separate.
Find out more information about Hernia's on the Nebraska Medical Center web site.
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