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Bagpiper's Hernia

Arno Vosk
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 24 Number 2: Page 97 (June 2009)

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Abstract: A 65-year-old bagpiper developed onset of inguinal hernia symptoms while playing his instrument. The patient, a nonsmoker and retired from an occupation that involved no heavy lifting, had been an active piper and performer for 10 yrs. He underwent a right inguinal herniorrhaphy with placement of a mesh implant, with full recovery. The etiology of inguinal hernias and their occurrence in wind musicians are discussed. While there are few reports in the medical literature, many anecdotal descriptions of the problem among musicians can be found.

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