Illustration of an epigastric (abdominal) hernia

Illustration of an epigastric (abdominal) hernia

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Caption: Abdominal hernia. Illustration of an epigastric (abdominal) hernia in an adult male. Seen here, in front view with its skin removed, is a lower torso that has suffered a hernia injury above the navel. Hernia is the protrusion of an organ through a weak area in the muscle or other tissue that normally contains it. Epigastric hernia is caused commonly by a congenital weakness in muscles of the central upper abdomen: the intestine (yellow) bulges out at a point between the navel & breast- bone. Muscle strain in lifting heavy objects is also a common cause, particularly in males. Treat- ment involves pushing the intestine back into the abdomen, with a supportive truss, or by surgery.

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