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Femoral Hernia Overview

What is a femoral hernia?
A person with a femoral hernia has a piece of intestine that protrudes through an abnormal opening in the abdominal wall. Femoral hernias are located very low in the abdomen, next to the inside of the thigh. Most femoral hernias occur in women.

What are the symptoms of a femoral hernia?
The most common symptom of a femoral hernia is the painful bulge or knot, formed by the intestine that is present under the skin near the thigh. Additional symptoms of a femoral hernia may include abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, constipation, groin swelling, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Males with a femoral hernia may have scrotal swelling.

How does the doctor treat a femoral hernia?
Femoral hernias are treated with surgery. The surgeon places the intestine back into the abdomen and repairs the weakened area in the abdominal wall.

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Last Updated: Aug 26, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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