Hernia - Causes

Most hernias develop at weak spots in the abdominal wall. The weakness may be present at birth, or it may develop later in life for a variety of reasons. Any unusual pressure on the abdomen can cause a hernia to develop. Some examples of the causes of hernias are:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Unusually severe coughing
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity or sudden and excessive weight loss
  • Aging
  • Previous surgical procedures

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