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Inguinal Hernia

A condition in which intra-abdominal fat or part of the small intestine bulges through a weak area in the lower abdominal muscles.

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(Source: NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

About Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia is a condition in which part of your intestine, other organs, or belly fat pokes through an opening or weak spot in the muscles in your groin. Anyone can get an inguinal hernia - from infants to adults. But it is much more common in men than in women.

Symptoms of an inguinal hernia can include:

  • A bulge on one or both sides of your groin (the bulge may appear or disappear when you change positions or lie down)
  • In men, the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles) may become swollen or enlarged
  • A burning feeling or pain in the area of the bulge, especially when lifting or straining

Sometimes the bulge of an inguinal hernia is painful, and sometimes it is not. Often, gently pushing on the bulge can make the intestine go back into your belly. Sometimes, however, the intestine can become trapped in the groin or scrotum and cannot be pushed back in... Read more about Inguinal Hernia

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Also called: IH

Other terms to know:
Groin, Hernia

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