Inguinal hernia

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What is an inguinal hernia?

An inguinal hernia occurs when part of a tissue that lines the abdominal or intestinal cavity protrudes from a weak point in the abdomen. The resulting lump can be painful and cause discomfort when coughing, bending over, or lifting heavy objects.

What should I do if I have an inguinal hernia?

  • Limit activities that cause pain, discomfort, or involve great exertion.
  • Attend a medical consultation to determine if a surgical intervention is necessary.

An inguinal hernia is not necessarily dangerous; However, if it does not improve on its own, the complications it generates can be fatal.

What symptoms usually occur?

Some symptoms include:

  • Persistent groin pain.
  • Pain on palpation over the lump.
  • A protruding lump in the affected area.
  • Changes in skin color over the bump (in an emergency).

If the tube cannot be pushed, it is an incarcerated hernia, which can cut off the blood supply and surgery is necessary to avoid fatal consequences.

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