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Femoral hernia

  • Definition

    A femoral hernia is a bluge in the upper part of the thigh near the groin.

    A hernia occurs when the contents of the abdomen (usually part of the small intestine) push through a weak point or tear the thin muscular wall of the abdomen, which holds the abdominal organs in place.

    Alternative Names

    Femorocele; Enteromerocele; Crural hernia

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Most of the time, there is no clear cause of a hernia. Some hernias may be present at birth (congenital), but are not noticed until later in life.

    Some factors that contribute to the development of a hernia include:

    • Chronic constipation
    • Chronic cough
    • Heavy lifting
    • Obesity
    • Straining to urinate because of an enlarged prostate

    Femoral hernias tend to occur more often in women than in men.