While they are acquired in adults, hernias in children are caused by a non-closure of a normal opening, Dr. Troy Reyna, a pediatric surgeon at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”
Hernias in children are commonly found in the naval or groin, and a hernia’s bulge may be apparent at all times or only when a child is crying or coughing, says Dr. Reyna.
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Troy Reyna, M.D., is board certified in pediatric surgery and general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Reyna is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in chemistry. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Dr. Reyna served his pediatric surgery fellowship at Columbus Children’s Hospital.
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