What are the symptoms of a ventral hernia?

You may experience no symptoms with a ventral hernia, or you may notice a bulge in the abdominal wall. The bulge can expand under increased abdominal pressure, such as when you cough or push or lift a heavy object. The area may also be painful.

Common symptoms of a ventral hernia

Common symptoms of a ventral hernia include:

  • Abdominal lump that is painful
  • Abdominal lump that is reducible with gentle pressure
  • Bulging area or lump on the abdomen
  • Enlargement of the lump when abdominal pressure is increased
  • Redness of the skin over an abdominal lump

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Symptoms associated with a ventral hernia can be life threatening in some cases. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • An area of increasing swelling with tight, glistening red skin
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as an inability to have bowel movements or pass gas
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Not producing any urine, or an infant who does not produce the usual amount of wet diapers
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe nausea and vomiting

What is a ventral hernia?

A hernia is a protrusion of tissue from one area of the body through the wall that contains it. Hernias may be present at birth due to incomplete closure of a structure, or they may develop later as the result of increased pressure pushing against a weakened area of muscle or its fibrous sheath (fascia). Abdominal hernias are typically composed of a portion of the membranous sac that encircles ... Read more about ventral herniaintroduction


What causes a ventral hernia?

A ventral hernia may be present at birth (“congenital” hernia) or develop over time. Congenital hernias generally result from incomplete or inadequate closure of part of the abdominal wall. Most umbilical hernias are congenital. Ventral hernias that develop over time do so in weakened areas of the abdominal wall.

Some types of hernias are seen to run in families.

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How are ventral hernias treated?

Treatment of ventral hernias begins with regular medical consultation and care over the course of your life to ensure that your doctor has every opportunity to screen for various conditions, including risk of ventral hernias.

Once a ventral hernia has been diagnosed, the only cure is surgery, and surgery is typically performed once the hernia has increased in size or begun to caus... Read more about ventral herniatreatments

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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