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A hernia is the protrusion of an organ, usually through the structure or muscle that contains it. The condition most often occurs in the abdominal wall when the intestine passes through a weak spot in the wall. The most common abdominal wall hernia is the inguinal hernia.
- Epigastric hernias occur above the navel.
- Incisional hernias are caused by weakening of the abdominal muscle caused by an incision made during a previous abdominal surgery.
- Umbilical hernias near the navel are most common in newborns, especially premature ones. These hernias usually close on their own when the child is 4 years old. Umbilical hernias can be more problematic when they occur in adults.