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When changing my baby's diaper I found a lump in his groin. What could this be?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics

In brief: Hard to say

A lump in the groin could be an enlarged inguinal lymph node, which can occur after a diaper rash or healing sore of the legs.
Occassionally a testicle will retract into the inguinal canal and can be felt there. Inguinal hernias can also present this way. Best to have it checked to be certain.

In brief: Hard to say

A lump in the groin could be an enlarged inguinal lymph node, which can occur after a diaper rash or healing sore of the legs.
Occassionally a testicle will retract into the inguinal canal and can be felt there. Inguinal hernias can also present this way. Best to have it checked to be certain.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Dr. Tanya Russo
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In brief: It could be...

...A lymph node or a hernia, and i would not wait too long before having your dr see the child.

In brief: It could be...

...A lymph node or a hernia, and i would not wait too long before having your dr see the child.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics

In brief: Hernia or Lymph Node

A lump in an infants groin could be a sign of a hernia and should be examined immediately.
If a hernia is found, surgery is required to prevent the associated risks of incarceration which is the trapping of bowel or other tissue in the hernia and is a medical emergency. Another possible "lump" is a lymph node which also may require treatment if due to infection.

In brief: Hernia or Lymph Node

A lump in an infants groin could be a sign of a hernia and should be examined immediately.
If a hernia is found, surgery is required to prevent the associated risks of incarceration which is the trapping of bowel or other tissue in the hernia and is a medical emergency. Another possible "lump" is a lymph node which also may require treatment if due to infection.
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: A lymph node

Most often when parents find a small lump in the groin of a child, the lump will represent a lymph node.
Lymph nodes essentially are the bodies trash cans and can get bigger with a recent illness. Groin nodes will respond especially to diarrhea type illnesses. However, lumps here can also represent other issues such as a hernia and should be looked at be your doctor to be certain.

In brief: A lymph node

Most often when parents find a small lump in the groin of a child, the lump will represent a lymph node.
Lymph nodes essentially are the bodies trash cans and can get bigger with a recent illness. Groin nodes will respond especially to diarrhea type illnesses. However, lumps here can also represent other issues such as a hernia and should be looked at be your doctor to be certain.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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