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Question 7#

Which of the following statements regarding umbilical hernias is true?

A. Umbilical hernias are present in 10% of all newborns
B. Umbilical hernias should be repaired as soon as they are diagnosed
C. Adults with small, nonincarcerated umbilical hernias should undergo repair
D. Umbilical hernias are associated with disseminated carcinomatosis

Correct Answer is A


Umbilical hernias are present in 10% of all newborns, and are more common in premature infants. Most congenital umbilical hernias close spontaneously by 5 years of age, so repair should be delayed until examination shows persistence of the hernia before the child enters school. Adults with small, uncomplicated, unincarcerated umbilical hernias can be followed until symptoms occur.