An inguinal hernia occurs when there is an opening in the abdominal wall that allows a sac to push out of the abdominal cavity into the wall of the abdomen.
In young children, an inguinal hernia is considered to be due to the normal opening in the abdomen not closing after birth, rather than a development that occurs later in life due to stressing the lower abdominal wall.
An inguinal hernia may develop on either side and can occur on both sides.
Inguinal Hernia Causes
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Inguinal Hernia Symptoms
- A bulge appearing on the side of the pubic bone, becoming more evident when the patient is upright or cries
- An aching or burning sensation at the bulge
- Discomfort or pain emanating from the groin, particularly when coughing or bending over
- A dragging or heavy sensation in the groin
- Pain and swelling around the child’s testicles
- Prematurity or a family history of hernias
- Cystic fibrosis or undescended testicles
- Developmental hip dysplasia