A groin hernia occurs when abdominal tissue or fat pokes out through the abdominal wall. It causes a bulge in the groin area. There are two main types:
- Inguinal hernia—occurs in the area where the abdomen meets the thigh on both sides. This is the most common type.
- Femoral hernia—located in the upper thigh.
A hernia can trap a section of intestine, leading to blockage or problems with blood flow. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate care.
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Last reviewedMarch 2013by Peter Lucas, MD; Brian Randall, MD
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