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Groin Swelling Overview

What is groin swelling?
A person with groin swelling has a lump or bulge where the thigh meets the abdomen. Groin swelling may be caused by swollen lymph glands in the groin or a hernia. Common causes for groin swelling include groin strain, inguinal lymphadenitis, femoral hernia, and inguinal hernia.

What are the symptoms of groin swelling?
Symptoms that may accompany groin swelling include abdominal pain, groin pain, pain during urination, groin skin redness and pain, and swollen lymph glands in the groin. Other symptoms include genital pain, vaginal sore, vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, penile discharge, and penile sore.

How does the doctor treat groin swelling?
The treatment for groin swelling depends on the cause. Treatment for groin swelling may include leg elevation, rest, crutches, warm compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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