Paraumbilical hernia

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 22 Dec 2020

Paraumbilical hernias (alternative plural: herniae) are a type of midline ventral abdominal hernia.


Paraumbilical hernias occur near the umbilicus when abdominal contents protrude through a defect in the linea alba and can be quite large. They are usually related to rectus abdominis muscle divarication

Differential diagnosis

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Cases and figures

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  • Case 2: complicated by small bowel obstruction
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  • Case 4: incarcerated paraumbilical hernia
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