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Obesity increases the odds of acquiring and incarcerating noninguinal abdominal wall hernias.
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PMID:  23025954     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The current data available describing the relationship of obesity and abdominal wall hernias is sparse. The objective of this study was to investigate the current prevalence of noninguinal abdominal wall hernias and their correlation with body mass index (BMI) and other demographic risk factors. Patients with umbilical, incisional, ventral, epigastric, or Spigelian hernias with or without incarceration were identified using the regional database for 14 hospitals over a 3-year period. Patients were stratified based on their BMI. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to distinguish other significant risk factors associated with the hernias. Of 2,807,414 patients, 26,268 (0.9%) had one of the specified diagnoses. Average age of the patients was 52 years and 61 per cent were male. The majority of patients had nonincarcerated umbilical hernias (74%). Average BMI was 32 kg/m(2). Compared with patients with a normal BMI, the odds of having a hernia increased with BMI: BMI of 25 to 29.9 kg/m(2) odds ratio (OR) 1.63, BMI of 30 to 39.9 kg/m(2) OR 2.62, BMI 40 to 49.9 kg/m(2) OR 3.91, BMI 50 to 59.9 kg/m(2) OR 4.85, and BMI greater than 60 kg/m(2) OR 5.17 (P < 0.0001). Age older than 50 years was associated with a higher risk for having a hernia (OR, 2.12; 95% [CI], 2.07 to 2.17), whereas female gender was associated with a lower risk (OR, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.52 to 0.55). Those with incarcerated hernias had a higher average BMI (32 kg/m(2) vs 35 kg/m(2); P < 0.0001). Overall, BMI greater than 40 kg/m(2) showed an increased chance of incarceration, and a BMI greater than 60 kg/m(2) had the highest chance of incarceration, OR 12.7 (P < 0.0001). Age older than 50 years and female gender were also associated with a higher risk of incarceration (OR, 1.28; 95% CI, 1.02 to 1.59 and OR, 1.80; CI, 1.45 to 2.24). Increasing BMI and increasing age are associated with a higher prevalence and an increased risk of incarceration of noninguinal abdominal wall hernias.
Briana Lau; Hanjoo Kim; Philip I Haigh; Talar Tejirian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  78     ISSN:  1555-9823     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1118-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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