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Inguinal Hernia

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Approximately five million people in the United States have an inguinal hernia, and 800,000 repairs are performed annually (75,000 of these are recurrent hernias). The history is usually that of a groin bulge or pain occurring during straining or exercise. Approximately 25 % of men and 2 % of women during their lifetime will be diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. About 10 % of repairs are performed on women. Seventy percent of femoral hernia repairs are performed on women, but these are much less common than indirect or direct hernias, even among women. Anatomically, inguinal hernias are classified as direct, indirect, or femoral. Indirect and direct hernias cannot be differentiated on physical exam. Femoral hernias are palpable in the upper medial thigh at the outlet of the femoral canal.

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Petersen, L., Millikan, K.W. (2015). Inguinal Hernia. In: Saclarides, T., Myers, J., Millikan, K. (eds) Common Surgical Diseases. Springer, New York, NY.

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