An inguinal hernia is a type of abdominal hernia in which tissue protrudes from a weakened muscle area. It can potentially occur anywhere, but most occur in the abdomen or groin. Men have a 27% risk of getting this disease, and women have a 3% chance.
Inguinal hernias occur in the area where the leg meets the abdomen. They can occur on both sides of this line and can be considered femoral hernias or inguinal hernias. You can also search online to find out about the best hernia mesh attorneys.
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Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms are:
A bulge in the scrotum or groin
This bulge can start small and enlarge over a period of weeks or it can appear suddenly after strenuous activity
Pain or discomfort in the groin
Many hernias do not cause pain, but you may experience intermittent or constant pain or discomfort
An inguinal hernia can cause the tissue to become trapped in the hernia. This is called strangulation and can lead to a loss of blood flow in the associated organ. Common symptoms of a strangulated hernia are:
- Sudden paint
Strangulated hernia more commonly occurs in infants and children than in adults. For infants, it will usually bulge when they move or cry. They will experience the symptoms noted above for a strangulated hernia.
There are less common symptoms associated with inguinal hernias, but they can still occur. You may experience:
- A feeling of heaviness, tugging, swelling or burning the area the hernia is located
- Swollen scrotum in males
- Swollen labia in females