What are the symptoms of 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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In infants, the only symptom of a hernia may be increased irritability, especially when the hernia is large. Hernias in older children and adults may be accompanied by a dull ache or burning pain that often worsens with exercise or straining (eg, coughing). Neuralgia of the ilioinguinal nerve may present with a sudden stabbing pain in the distribution.


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