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Umbilical hernia

An umbilical hernia is a hole in the white ligament, where the abdominal muscles are jointed. Through this hole, if one is unlucky, parts of the intestines might fall out. This can cause a blockage in the intestines so that they burst. The result might be a life threatening inflammation in the abdomen. Umbilical hernia should be operated in order to prevent this.

The hereditary of umbilical hernia is unclear. It might be different types of inheritance in different families and breeds. Umbilical hernia might also be caused by accidents.