A hernia is the abnormal exit of tissue or an organ, such as the bowel, through the wall of the cavity in which it normally resides. The term is... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  General surgery
  • Symptoms:  Pain especially with coughing, bulging area
  • Usual onset:  50 years old (groin hernias)
  • Risk factors:  Smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, pregnancy, peritoneal dialysis, collagen vascular disease, connective tissue disease
  • Diagnostic method:  Based on symptoms, medical imaging
  • Treatment:  Observation, surgery
  • Frequency:  18.5 million (2015)
  • Deaths:  59,800 (2015)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo