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Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.

An inguinal hernia isn't necessarily dangerous. It doesn't improve on its own, however, and can lead to life-threatening complications.


  • A burning or aching sensation at the bulge

  • Pain or discomfort in your groin, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting

  • A heavy or dragging sensation in your groin

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