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What does it mean when a man has groin hernia?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Inguinal hernia

Direct inguinal hernia is due to weakness or defect of abdominal wall muscles in the groin area - subject may always feel need to push it back.
Not dangerous but uncomfortable. Indiect inuinal hernia is due an outpouching of the periteum (abdominal lining) alongside the testicular blood vessels and vas (sperm duct). These have a relative narrow neck, bowel can enter, get stuck and strangulate. Fix.

In brief: Inguinal hernia

Direct inguinal hernia is due to weakness or defect of abdominal wall muscles in the groin area - subject may always feel need to push it back.
Not dangerous but uncomfortable. Indiect inuinal hernia is due an outpouching of the periteum (abdominal lining) alongside the testicular blood vessels and vas (sperm duct). These have a relative narrow neck, bowel can enter, get stuck and strangulate. Fix.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Weak muscular ring

Weak muscular support in groin allows intestine to bulge through.
Can stay stable for long time, or progressively get larger. May have no symptoms; often feels "heavy", with a bulge. Rx: elective surgery problem if intestine gets stuck and hernia can not be reduced, rx: urgent surgery; bigger problem if intestine twists on self and cuts off blood supply, rx: emergency surgery. No surgery?-truss.

In brief: Weak muscular ring

Weak muscular support in groin allows intestine to bulge through.
Can stay stable for long time, or progressively get larger. May have no symptoms; often feels "heavy", with a bulge. Rx: elective surgery problem if intestine gets stuck and hernia can not be reduced, rx: urgent surgery; bigger problem if intestine twists on self and cuts off blood supply, rx: emergency surgery. No surgery?-truss.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bulge in the crotch

Literally.

In brief: Bulge in the crotch

Literally.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Martin Raff
The bulge is a loop of intestine dropping through the weakened support tissues in the inguinal ligament and surrounding area. The danger is that the bowel can become entrapped, strangled, obstructed and perforated. Very dangerous.
Dr. George Klauber
Agree with Dr. Raff. Bulge in the "crotch" is a hernia until proven otherwise. Unless bulge is a mobile lump, in which case could be lymph node.
Dr. David Earle
Surgery

In brief: Hole

There's a hole in the abdominal wall muscles through which abdominal contents can protrude.
Best to see a doctor for an exam and more information. That's the best way to make the diagnosis anyway - physical exam. Hope this helps!

In brief: Hole

There's a hole in the abdominal wall muscles through which abdominal contents can protrude.
Best to see a doctor for an exam and more information. That's the best way to make the diagnosis anyway - physical exam. Hope this helps!
Dr. David Earle
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Dr. Brian Jacob
Surgery

In brief: Groin hernia

In the lower abdomen just before the leg crease, there is an area commonly called the groin.
The groin (or inguinal) region is usually strong with muscle and tendon, but has potential for weak areas. A hernia is a protrusion or bulge through one of those weak areas, thus the term 'groin hernia'. A synonym is 'inguinal hernia'.

In brief: Groin hernia

In the lower abdomen just before the leg crease, there is an area commonly called the groin.
The groin (or inguinal) region is usually strong with muscle and tendon, but has potential for weak areas. A hernia is a protrusion or bulge through one of those weak areas, thus the term 'groin hernia'. A synonym is 'inguinal hernia'.
Dr. Brian Jacob
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