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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is incarcerated inguinal hernia?

An incarcerated inguinal hernia is a hernia is stuck in the groin or scrotum because of swelling and cannot be pushed back into the abdomen. It can lead to a strangulated hernia, in which the blood supply to the small intestine in the hernia gets cut off causing complications.

Symptoms related to incarcerated inguinal hernia

  • Groin swelling appears when standing up

  • Swelling in the groin region

  • Groin pain

  • Intermittent, crampy abdominal pain

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Abdominal pain

  • History of groin hernia

Questions your doctor may ask to check for incarcerated inguinal hernia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose incarcerated inguinal hernia

  • Do you have swelling in the groin area when standing up?

  • Do you have a swelling in the groin region?

  • Do you have groin pain?

  • Do you have an abdominal (tummy) pain that comes and goes?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

Treatment for incarcerated inguinal hernia

Many cases of incarcerated hernia can be reduced manually, however can result in serious complications. Hence, surgery should be immediately performed.

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