Hernias: Case by Case

From harmless nuisance to life-threatening emergencies, here are some real-life examples of intestinal escape

Imagine up to 100 feet of intestines delicately stuffed into a compact and fairly rigid compartment (aka, the abdominal cavity). Now imagine a sudden burst of pressure applied to that compartment or a small tear developing somewhere in the body wall. Where are those intestines to go? In most cases, nowhere. But in some cases they can pop through the body wall, diaphragm, or even through a pre-existing hole. And give the intestines an inch, and they’ll take the proverbial mile.

“A hernia is simpl

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