Epigastric hernia

An epigastric hernia occurs ventrally through a defect in linea alba superior the umbilicus. It is also known as a fatty hernia of linea alba.

Risk factors
  • obesity 
  • pregnancy

Radiographic features


Shows a midline defect which is usually small with or without herniation of omental/properitoneal fat. Bowel or stomach rarely herniates in an epigastric hernia unless there is a large defect.

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rID: 25487
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fatty hernia of linea alba
  • Epigastric herniation

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