Groin lump

  • Definition

    A groin lump is localized swelling in the groin area (where the upper leg meets the lower abdomen). It may be firm or soft, tender or not painful at all.

    Alternative Names

    Lump in the groin; Inguinal lymphadenopathy; Localized lymphadenopathy-groin; Bubo; Lymphadenopathy - groin


    All groin lumps should be examined by your health care provider.

    Common Causes
    • Allergic reaction
    • Cancer
    • Drug reaction
    • Harmless (benign) cyst
    • Hernia (usually a soft, large bulge in the groin on one or both sides)
    • Infections in the legs
    • Injury trauma to the groin area
    • Lipomas (harmless fatty growths)
    • Sexually transmitted diseases such as genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea
    • Swollen lymph glands in the groin area