Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Incarcerated Ventral Hernia Overview

What is an incarcerated ventral hernia?
A person with a ventral 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 ventral hernia?
Symptoms of an incarcerated ventral hernia include a knot or bulge in the abdominal wall, usually near the umbilicus. The bulge often increases in size with lifting, laughing, straining, or coughing. An incarcerated ventral hernia becomes tender and swollen, and cannot be pushed back into the abdomen. Additional symptoms of an incarcerated ventral hernia include fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain.

How does the doctor treat an incarcerated ventral hernia?
Treatment for an incarcerated ventral hernia includes 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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