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Inguinal Lymphadenitis Overview

What is inguinal lymphadenitis?
A person with inguinal lymphadenitis has inflammation of the lymph nodes in the groin, usually caused by a bacterial infection. The lymph glands in the groin become swollen and tender. The most common causes of inguinal lymphadenitis are skin injuries and sexually transmitted diseases. Inguinal lymphadenitis resolves with treatment of the underlying infection.

What are the symptoms of inguinal lymphadenitis?
Symptoms of inguinal lymphadenitis include swollen and tender lymph glands in the groin, redness to the skin over the lymph glands, groin pain, fever, and chills. If the lymphadenitis is caused by a skin infection in the leg or groin, then there may be redness, tenderness, swelling or red streaks in the skin over the leg or groin.

How does the doctor treat inguinal lymphadenitis?
Treatment for inguinal lymphadenitis depends on the underlying cause. Bacterial infections may require treatment with antibiotics. Some bacterial infection may require surgery to remove infected tissue. Treatment for inguinal lymphadenitis may also include warm wet compresses, leg elevation, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Inguinal Lymphadenitis References
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