Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ventral Hernia Underlying Cause

In order for a ventral hernia to form, there must be a hole, tear or weakened area in the abdominal wall near the umbilicus. This abnormal weakness allows the intestine to protrude through the hole or tear. The intestine forms a bulge underneath the skin.

Causes for weakness in the wall of the abdomen include:

  • Birth defect:
    • Abdominal wall develops abnormally in the womb.
  • Abdominal injury
  • Abdominal surgery

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Last Updated: Aug 26, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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