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How can I test myself for the difference between a femoral hernia and swollen lymph nodes?

How can I test myself for the difference between a femoral hernia and swollen lymph nodes?

Exam: Physical exam is the best place to start. See your doctor to find out. May need testing such as ultrasound done while you push out your stomach if the exam is inconclusive. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Ramshaw
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Femoral Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall allowing contents within the abdomen to protrude. The most common hernias are inguinal (lower abdomen around the pubic bone) or umbilical (around the bellybutton). A femoral hernia is less common and occurs where the blood vessels enter the leg. When there is an external lump, it shows up in the upper front part of the leg. ...Read more


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How can I treat a femoral hernia?

How can I treat a femoral hernia?

Get an operation: A hernia repair is the only way to make this better. This is done by a surgeon. Although you could wait and see, the hernia definitely won't get any better, and will probably get worse. Today we do hernias laparoscopically, which get you back to work faster and hurt much less. You should look for a surgeon who repairs hernias this way. ...Read more

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What exactly is a femoral hernia?

What exactly is a femoral hernia?

Groin Hernia: Hernias tend to develop in natural weak spots of the abdominal wall. The femoral space is where the blood vessels pierce thru the abdominal wall to supply the legs. If this space widens, the inner layer of the abdominal wall can stretch thru this an create a sac. Although rare, they occur much more frequently in women. These hernias are prone to complications--all should be repaired. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have femoral hernia?

How can I tell if I have femoral hernia?

See a doctor: Femoral hernias are uncommon, occur more often in women, and can be somewhat more difficult to identify. They would be felt below the inguinal ligament (groin crease region). You would need to have a physical examination by a doctor to tell if you have a hernia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a femoral hernia ?

What are the symptoms of a femoral hernia ?

Pain: Typically pain in the lower aspect o the groin and upper, inner thigh. There may be a lump there as well. A lump however could represent a swollen gland (lymph node) from an inflammatory process in the leg or foot. See your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read more

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How to tell if a femoral hernia is critical?

How to tell if a femoral hernia is critical?

Pain: When hernias become "critical", they are usually associated with severe pain. A blocked intestine can also occur, manifest by bloating and vomiting with lack if flatus and bowel movements. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What would the symptoms be of a femoral hernia?

What would the symptoms be of a femoral hernia?

Groin pain/swelling: Femoral hernias are not common, and more often seen in older females. There may be groin discomfort, pain, or low groin swelling along the groin crease. They can be a little harder to find or diagnose for some patients. ...Read more

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How could i tell if a femoral hernia is critical?

How could i tell if a femoral hernia is critical?

Pain!: Severe pain or a blockage of the intestines (bloating, no flatus or bm, nausea, vomiting) are the two things that would make this an absolute, life threatening emergency. Usually however, an enlarging bulge and progressive discomfort are associated with groin hernias. A consultation with a general surgeon would help. To find one interested in hernias, check the americas hernia society website. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get femoral hernia?

Rare,but troublesome: Femoral hernias are rare, accounting for ~5% of all hernias. They are much more common in women than men, probably related to the shape of a woman's pelvis. They are prone to "incarceration": in fact, about half of all people who present with incarcerated femoral hernias were unaware of the hernia up till that point. Therefore, we recommend repairing all of these, assuming one is fit for surgery. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Groin Hernia (Definition)

Groin hernia is a condition where abdominal organs (usually some intestine) bulge through a ...Read more