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What are the symptoms of a hernia?

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For inguinal, femoral, umbilical, and incisional hernias, symptoms may include:

Symptoms of a hiatal hernia may include heartburn and upper abdominal pain.

  • An obvious swelling beneath the skin of the abdomen or the groin; it may disappear when you lie down and may be tender.
  • A heavy feeling in the abdomen that is sometimes accompanied by constipation or blood in the stool.
  • Discomfort in the abdomen or groin when lifting or bending over.

From: Understanding Hernia -- Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. National Library of Medicine.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. National Library of Medicine.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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