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Groin Hernia -- Adult

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by Scholten A

(Hernia, Groin—Adult; Hernia, Inguinal—Adult; Inguinal Hernia—Adult)


Risk Factors

Groin hernias are more common in men and femoral hernias are more common in women.
Factors that increase your chance of abdominal wall weakness include:
  • Obesity
  • Advancing age
  • Wear and tear on abdominal wall from frequent lifting of heavy objects, or prolonged coughing or straining
  • Previous surgery in the abdominal area
  • Family history of hernia
  • Peritoneal dialysis


The following strategies may help to prevent a groin hernia:


American College of Physicians

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases



Canadian Institute for Health Information

Health Canada



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