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Ask an Expert: Did car accident cause a hernia?


I was in a recent car accident, (rear ended by another driver while stopped at a red light, other driver going 30 mph), and I am noticing a bulge near my belly button that is roughly the size of a walnut. I think that I have a hernia and I am wondering if it could have been caused by my seat belt in the car accident?

Based on your description it seems possible that you are experiencing an “umbilical hernia”. Certainly a trauma to the belly can play a part in causing an umbilical hernia.

Here is a very thorough “Tutorial” from the NIH on Umbilical Hernia that might be helpful as you think this through.

Answered by Tom Ewing, MD, Family Practice, Eugene, PHMG/Admin-Willamette

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