Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abdominal Wall Hernia Symptoms

The most common symptom of a ventral hernia includes:

  • Bulge or knot under the skin in the abdomen
    • Bulge usually becomes larger with lifting, laughing, straining, or coughing
    • Bulge may be pushed back into the abdomen

When a ventral hernia is incarcerated, the intestine has become stuck in the abnormal opening. This stops the blood supply to the intestine, and the tissue starts to die.

Symptoms of an incarcerated ventral hernia include:

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Last Updated: May 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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