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Inguinal hernia

Updated: 2017-06-13


An inguinal hernia is when soft tissue, often part of the intestine, bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. It's easy to see and feel the bulge.


Symptoms include pain, especially when a person coughs, bends, or lifts a heavy object.


If growing or painful, surgery can repair the hernia. Treatment may not be necessary.