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My pet peeve is when someone uses a term then does not explain it. What is inguinal hernia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: Bulge in groin.

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity can protrude through and create a sac.
This manifests itself as a bulge that can often hurt with exertion. The most common location for a man to have a hernia is in the groin region; we call these inguinal hernias. These may be easily repaired via outpatient surgery if they are large or symptomatic.

In brief: Bulge in groin.

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity can protrude through and create a sac.
This manifests itself as a bulge that can often hurt with exertion. The most common location for a man to have a hernia is in the groin region; we call these inguinal hernias. These may be easily repaired via outpatient surgery if they are large or symptomatic.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Otto Placik
Another type but less common bulge in the groin is a femoral hernia. This occurs next to the blood vessels where you feel your pulse in the groin
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In brief: Groin hernia

They are common in males and can present as a discomfort or swelling in the groin region.

In brief: Groin hernia

They are common in males and can present as a discomfort or swelling in the groin region.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology

In brief: Wall weakness

Inguinal refers to "groin" so inguinal hernia is a hernia in the groin.
In adults, usually caused by weakness in abdominal/groin wall so that abdominal contents can poke through. Can be painful. Dangerous if a piece of bowel gets trapped ("incarcerated") inside and can't escape. Can also congenital (inherited) type in children which can go through to scrotum. All can be surgically repaired.

In brief: Wall weakness

Inguinal refers to "groin" so inguinal hernia is a hernia in the groin.
In adults, usually caused by weakness in abdominal/groin wall so that abdominal contents can poke through. Can be painful. Dangerous if a piece of bowel gets trapped ("incarcerated") inside and can't escape. Can also congenital (inherited) type in children which can go through to scrotum. All can be surgically repaired.
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