Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia Overview

What is an incarcerated inguinal hernia?
A person with an inguinal hernia has a piece of intestine that protrudes through an abnormal opening in the abdominal wall in the groin. In a person with an incarcerated hernia, the intestine has become stuck in the abnormal opening. When this happens, the blood supply to the intestine is reduced, and the intestinal tissue starts to die.

What are the symptoms of an incarcerated inguinal hernia?
The most common symptom of an incarcerated inguinal hernia is a bulge or knot, formed by the intestine that is present under the skin in the groin. This may occur in the crease between the leg and the thigh. It may also occur in the scrotum in males, or in the labia of females. Additional symptoms of inguinal hernia may include enlargement of the hernia, hernia pain, scrotum swelling, groin pain, groin swelling, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, constipation, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat an incarcerated inguinal hernia?
In most cases, treatment for an incarcerated inguinal hernia requires emergency 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 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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