A second risk is strangulation of the hernia, which occurs when the protruding tissue swells and cuts off the blood supply to the loop of intestine within it.
A pathologist said the cause of death was from strangulation .
Two cases with autopsies were excluded because nonmedical issues were being adjudicated in a workman's compensation case and a medical examiner's case with a diagnosis of strangulation .
The conspiracy angle arose after Gandhi Hospital forensic doctors declared that the actress died due to strangulation and rape.
The homicide charge laid in connection with the strangulation death has been raised to first-degree murder.
Three fourths of the deaths were caused by entrapment in the bed structure leading to suffocation or strangulation .
‘Such strangulation can cause sufficient brain damage to kill somebody if the blood supply is stopped for a few minutes,’ he said.
Inguinal hernias in babies and children however do need surgery to prevent strangulation .
Infants who cannot yet lift their heads are especially at risk for suffocation and strangulation .
A police spokesman said: ‘The death was due to strangulation .’