Groin Hernia -- Adult
(Hernia, Groin—Adult; Hernia, Inguinal—Adult; Inguinal Hernia—Adult; Hernia, Femoral—Adult; Hernia, Femoral—Adult; Femoral Hernia—Adult)
- Inguinal hernia—appears as a bulge in the groin (or scrotum area in men); this is the most common type
- Femoral hernia—appears as a bulge in the groin, upper thigh, (or labia in women)
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- Wear and tear on abdominal wall from frequent lifting of heavy objects, or prolonged coughing or straining
- Previous surgery in the abdominal area
- Family history of hernia
- Peritoneal dialysis
- A bulge in the groin area when standing or straining
- A bulge in the upper thigh area
- Pain in the groin area when straining
- A bulge that may extend into the scrotum in men or the labia in women
- Pain and/or a heavy feeling or discomfort in the groin area
- Severe pain in the groin or abdomen
- Abdominal swelling
American College of Physicians http://www.acponline.org
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Institute for Health Information http://www.cihi.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Inguinal/femoral hernia. American College of Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.facs.org/public%5Finfo/operation/brochures/hernrep.pdf. Updated May 2013. Accessed January 14, 2015.
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/16/2015 -
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