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Femoral hernia

  • Alternative Names

    Femorocele; Enteromerocele; Crural hernia


    You may see a bulge in the upper thigh next to the groin.

    Most femoral hernias cause no symptoms. There may be some groin discomfort that is worse when you stand, lift heavy objects, or strain.

    Sometimes, the first symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This may mean that the intestine is blocked, which is an emergency.

    Signs and tests

    The best way to tell if there is a hernia is to have your health care provider perform a physical exam.

    If there is any doubt about the exam findings, an ultrasound or CT scan may be helpful.