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What causes hernias?

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Some hernias are there at birth. Some occur after surgery.

Other times, weaknesses develop in the muscles of the belly wall over time and eventually ‘give out’ causing a hernia.

Hernias are generally more common in people whose abdomens are under higher than usual pressure, such as people who do a lot of heavy lifting, are obese, are pregnant, have a chronic cough, or have chronic constipation.

Sources:

Mayo Clinic (Hiatus Hernia, Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia)

Last reviewed: April 2017

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