Epigastric hernia

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 22 Dec 2020

Epigastric hernias, also known as fatty hernias of the linea alba, occur ventrally through a defect in the linea alba, superior to the umbilicus.

Epidemiology

Risk factors

Radiographic features

Ultrasound

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.

See also

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Cases and figures

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