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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > Inguinal Hernia
An inguinal hernia occurs when a small portion of the bowel bulges out through the inguinal canal-a passage or opening through the muscles of the abdominal (belly) wall-into the groin. The bulge usually contains tissue lining the inside of the abdomen as well as fatty tissue from inside the abdomen. Or it may contain a loop of intestine.
There are two types of inguinal hernias:
Current as of: November 7, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Current as of:
November 7, 2018
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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