Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Incarcerated Hernia Overview

What is an incarcerated hernia?
A person with a hernia has a piece of intestine that protrudes through an abnormal opening in the abdominal wall. In a person with an incarcerated hernia, the intestine has become stuck in the abnormal opening. When this happens, the blood supply to the intestine is reduced, and the intestinal tissue starts to die.

What are the symptoms of an incarcerated hernia?
Symptoms of an incarcerated hernia depend on where the hernia is located. All incarcerated hernias cause a painful, swollen, and tender bulge under the skin. Additional symptoms may include anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

How does the doctor treat an incarcerated hernia?
In most cases, treatment for an incarcerated hernia requires emergency surgery. The surgeon places the intestine back into the abdomen and repairs the weakened area in the abdominal wall.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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