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What is an inguinal hernia?

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This happens when fat or a loop of your intestine pushes through a weak spot in your belly muscles. You may see a bulge in your groin or scrotum. If the intestine or fat gets stuck in the abdominal muscle wall, its blood supply may get cut off. That’s called a strangulated hernia. Symptoms can include:

Get urgent care if you have any of these symptoms. A strangulated hernia is a life-threatening emergency.

Surgery can fix your hernia.

  • Redness or sudden pain near the bulge
  • You can’t poop or pass gas
  • Nausea, vomiting, fever

From: Why Does My Groin Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Groin Pain: Male,” “Kidney Infection.”  

Nemours Foundation: “Groin Strain.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Inguinal Hernia,” “Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

American Cancer Society: “Do I Have Testicular Cancer?”

Urology Care Foundation: “Below the Belt: Pain Men Shouldn’t Ignore.”

Washington University School of Medicine: “When to Worry About Groin Pain.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Groin Pain: Male,” “Kidney Infection.”  

Nemours Foundation: “Groin Strain.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Inguinal Hernia,” “Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

American Cancer Society: “Do I Have Testicular Cancer?”

Urology Care Foundation: “Below the Belt: Pain Men Shouldn’t Ignore.”

Washington University School of Medicine: “When to Worry About Groin Pain.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

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