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Hernia (abdominal mass)


A lump in the abdomen is a soft bulge of tissue or a small area of swelling in the belly. Most often, a lump in the abdomen is caused by a hernia. An abdominal hernia occurs when there is an area where the muscles are weak. This allows the internal organs to bulge through the abdominal wall. A hernia may not appear until after you strain, lift something heavy, or have a long period of coughing.


There are several types of hernias, based on where they occur:

  • Inguinal hernia appears as a bulge in the groin or scrotum. This type is more common in men than women.
  • Incisional hernia can occur through a scar if you have had abdominal surgery.
  • Umbilical hernia appears as a bulge around the belly button. It occurs when the muscle around the navel doesn't close completely.

Other causes of a lump in the abdominal wall include:

  • Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin after injury)
  • Lipoma (collection of fatty tissue under the skin)
  • Lymph nodes
  • Undescended testicle
  • Tumor of the skin or muscles

Treatment

Surgery may be needed to correct incisional hernias or umbilical hernias that do not go away by the time a child approaches school age. The surgery may be done through a large surgical cut, or through a smaller cut into which the surgeon inserts a camera and other instruments.


Emergency surgery is needed in the case of a strangulated hernia.


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