Diastasis Recti

Overview

  • AKA rectus abdominis diastasis and recti divarication
  • Not a traditional hernia
  • It is a gap between the rectus abdominis muscle
  • The linea alba is the aponeurosis of the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle
  • The gap is created because the linea alba is stretched and broad
  • Most prominent when the patient lies on their back and lifts their head off (like a crunch)
  • There is a protruding bulge along the middle of the abdomen
  • This can be congenital (in newborns) or due to weakness, for example following pregnancy or in obese patients
  • Generally treated conservatively but surgical repair is possible
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