In children, risk factors for inguinal hernia include:
Being born early and having low birth weight [less than 1500 g (3.3 lb)].
Having one or both testicles that do not descend into the scrotum (undescended testicle).
Having a family history of inguinal hernia.
Having certain other birth defects or conditions, such as characteristics of each sex in a baby's genitals (ambiguous genitalia), abnormal position of the opening of the urethra on top of (epispadias) or underneath (hypospadias) the penis, or hydrocele, in which fluid builds up around one or both testicles.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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