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Intestinal hernia - Definition


An intestinal hernia is the projection of a portion of the intestine through an orifice. It can be at the groin, in which case it is called an inguinal hernia or femoral hernia depending on its exact location, but also at the navel, more common in children, where it is called an umbilical hernia. An intestinal hernia is usually painless in the absence of complications, at most responsible for a small discomfort generated by the mass that can form at the skin which externalizes intermittently. However, in some cases, it can become tightened when a constriction occurs at the outlet. This is manifested by the appearance of pain and inability to reintroduce the herniated portion into the abdominal cavity. Surgery is then necessary because there is the risk of necrosis or bowel obstruction.