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Hernia Defined

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Updated January 04, 2009

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Definition: A hernia happens when a weakened area of muscle, such as the abdominal muscles, allows tissue or an organ to bulge through. This commonly happens in the abdomen, where the weakness allows part of the intestine to bulge through. This can usually be seen as a bulge under the skin.

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Pronunciation: her-knee-uh
Also Known As: hiatal hernias, inguinal hernias, incisional hernias, femoral hernias, umbilical hernias, diaphragmatic hernias, epigastric hernias,
Common Misspellings: hernea, herneya, hrnia, hernya, herneeya,
Examples:
The baby had an umbilical hernia, it was more noticeable when the baby cried or strained to have a bowel movement.
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