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An incarcerated hernia is a part of the intestine or abdominal
tissue that becomes trapped in the sac of a hernia—the bulge of soft tissue
that pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall.
If part of the intestine is trapped, stool may not be able to pass
through the intestine. This may cause pain, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal
The loop of intestine can swell and become tightly trapped
(strangulated) in the hernia, which causes the tissue to die (gangrene). If the
intestine becomes strangulated, immediate surgery is needed.
November 15, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal
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