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Inguinal Hernia

Alternate Names : Hernia

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

A hernia occurs when part of an organ is pushed through an abnormal opening in the body. Inguinal hernias, located in the groin, are the most common type of hernia.

What is going on in the body?

With an inguinal hernia, the intestines bulge through a weak spot in the lower abdomen or groin. The intestines may get pushed down into the genital area. When the bulge is just underneath the skin, it can be quite obvious.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Weak tissues in the abdomen cause an inguinal hernia. This weakness may be present at birth or may develop later in life.


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Inguinal Hernia: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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