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A 30-year-old member asked:

How to tell the difference between a swollen lymph node or hernia in my groin area?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phananswered
General Surgery 22 years experience
Reduceable : One of the way is if you find a hole where you can push the lump back in and it go away then likely hernia. A lymph nodes feel more solid and round and can move easily from side to side up and down.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
See a doctor: Jessica both of these are a good indication to see a physician for evaluation. I would recommend seeing a surgeon to discuss and have an examination.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

I have a bump in my groin area on my right side. Could it be a swollen lymph node or a hernia?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Could be either: Best to let your pcp examine you and get some history. Then appropriate further evaluation or referral can be done.
Last updated Sep 5, 2020


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