What increases intra-abdominal pressure and may cause an abdominal hernia?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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More generally, any condition that increases the pressure in the intra-abdominal cavity may contribute to the formation of a hernia, including the following:

  • Marked obesity
  • Heavy lifting
  • Coughing
  • Straining with defecation or urination
  • Ascites
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Family history of hernias [18]

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