Protrusion of abdominal or pelvic contents, through a dilated internal ring or attenuated inguinal floor in the inguinal canal.
Presents with visible or easily palpable swelling in the groin, often with discomfort during strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.
Complications are rare but include incarceration, bowel obstruction, and strangulation.
Diagnosis is usually clinical; imaging may be helpful where there is doubt about diagnosis, but also identifies many clinically insignificant apparent hernias.
Surgical operation remains the mainstay of therapy.
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