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What is the difference between an inguinal hernia and a swollen lymph node in the groin?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Difference

A inguinal hernia is a tear of the muscle/fascia in the inguinal canal with protrusion of the colon through the tear. A lymph node is a structure which is always in the area.
Thus a hernia introduces a structure which is not supposed to be there and a lymph node is a regular resident of the area. Hope this helps.

In brief: Difference

A inguinal hernia is a tear of the muscle/fascia in the inguinal canal with protrusion of the colon through the tear. A lymph node is a structure which is always in the area.
Thus a hernia introduces a structure which is not supposed to be there and a lymph node is a regular resident of the area. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: Monitoring Centers

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad 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.

In brief: Monitoring Centers

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad 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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