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- Premature birth
- Birth weight under 3.5 pounds (1,500 grams)
- Very rarely a loop of intestine becomes trapped in the abdominal wall. This may lead to a blockage of the intestine.
- Strangulation can also occur if the hernia is slowing or blocking blood flow. A strangulated hernia is a medical emergency.
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American Society of General Surgeons http://www.theasgs.org
The Canadian Association of General Surgeons http://www.cags-accg.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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