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Q: What causes hernias?

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Hernia causes depend on what type of hernia. For example, inguinal hernia (of the abdomen) causes include pregnancy, chronic coughing and straining during bowel movements. Causes of an umbilical hernia (in the belly button), include multiple pregnancies, obesity and previous abdominal surgery. Sometimes the cause of the hernia is unknown.

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