What Is Inguinal Hernia and What Causes It?

Q:
What is inguinal hernia and what causes it?

A:
An inguinal hernia occurs in the abdomen near the groin area. They develop when fatty or intestinal tissues push through a weakness in the abdominal wall near the right or left inguinal canal. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.

There isn’t one cause for this type of hernia. However, some inguinal hernias might occur as a result of:

  • A combination of increased pressure within the abdomen and a pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
  • A pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing
  • Increased pressure within the abdomen
  • Straining during bowel movements or urination
  • Strenuous activity
  • Pregnancy
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