How common are abdominal hernias?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Uncommon in other animals, abdominal wall hernias are among the most common of all surgical problems. They are a leading cause of work loss and disability and are sometimes lethal. Knowledge of hernias of the abdominal wall (usual and unusual) and of the protrusions that mimic hernias is an essential component of the armamentarium of the general and pediatric surgeon.

Abdominal wall hernias are commonly described in terms of their anatomic location. Four of the most common types are shown in the image below.

Anatomic locations for various hernias. Anatomic locations for various hernias.

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