Hernia Basics

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A bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening.
Common
More than 200,000 US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Usually self-diagnosable
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
Medium-term: resolves within months
Typically, a hernia involves the stomach or intestine.
Symptoms include a bulge, swelling, or pain. In some cases, there are no symptoms.
Treatment includes monitoring the condition. If needed, surgery can return tissue to its normal location and close the opening.
Ages affected
0-2
Common
3-5
Rare
6-13
Rare
14-18
Common
19-40
Common
41-60
Very common
60+
Very common
Genders affected
Males
Very common
Females
Common

 

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