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(Hernia, Groin—Child; Hernia, Inguinal—Child; Inguinal Hernia—Child)
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- A large inguinal canal
- A weakened area in the lower abdominal muscles
- Birth defect that affects the abdominal wall
- Family history of groin hernias
- Premature birth
- Open inguinal canal
- Chronic respiratory condition
- Previous hernia on other side
- Severe pain in the groin or abdomen
- Rapid heart beat
- Abdominal swelling
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Open surgery—an incision is made over the area so the doctor has access to the tissue. May be needed if there are complications.
- Laparoscopic surgery—small incisions are made so specialized tools can be used to make the repairs.
American College of Physicians http://www.acponline.org/
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov/
Canadian Institute for Health Information http://www.cihi.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Children’s Hospital Boston. Hernia (umbilical or inguinal). Children’s Hospital Boston website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1018/mainpageS1018P0.html. Accessed June 24, 2013.
Cincinnati Children’s. Inguinal hernia. Cincinnati Children’s website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/abdomen/diagnose/inguinal-hernia.htm. Updated December 20, 2010. Accessed June 24, 2013.
Groin hernia in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated November 5, 2012. Accessed June 24, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013
- Update Date: 06/03/2013