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Who is affected by umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias are a common variation of normal development of the abdominal wall and umbilical ring.

  • Umbilical hernias occur in about 1 or 2 out of 10 babies.1
  • They are more common in African-American infants.
  • Umbilical hernias are very common in premature babies.

The vast majority of umbilical hernias are not related to any disease condition. But in some cases an umbilical hernia is associated with Down syndrome, certain metabolic disorders such as hypothyroidism, and certain rare conditions, such as Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome.

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  1. Snyder CL (2007). Current management of umbilical abnormalities and related anomalies. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery, 16(1): 41-49.

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Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last Revised January 5, 2010

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Last Updated: January 05, 2010
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