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Inguinal Hernia

Alternate Names : Hernia

Inguinal Hernia | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Most hernias can not be prevented, but maintaining proper weight and regular exercise to keep muscles toned may help to prevent a hernia.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Hernias are often left alone initially and may cause no symptoms. Over time, though, hernias can enlarge and cause more symptoms. When this occurs, treatment is needed.

Usually, the intestines bulges out and then goes back to where it belongs. Sometimes, it can bulge out and get stuck. This is dangerous and can cause great pain. The intestines can become swollen and have its blood supply cut off, which is life-threatening. If this happens, emergency surgery is required.

What are the risks to others?

There are no risks to others.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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