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June 21, 2006

The Asymptomatic Hernia: ‘If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It’—Correction

JAMA. 2006;295(23):2726. doi:10.1001/jama.295.23.2726

Incorrect Data and Statement: In the Editorial entitled “The Asymptomatic Hernia: ‘If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It’” published in the January 18, 2006, issue of JAMA (2006;295:328-329), there was incorrect reporting of data and an incorrect statement. In the sentence beginning “The risk of hernia incarceration was low. . . . ” on page 328, the data point reported as 0.03% should have read 0.3%. Also, in the sentence beginning “In counseling patients with hernias. . . . ” on page 329, the statement reading “older, male veterans in Veterans Administration medical centers” should have read “older men in community and academic medical centers.”