Inguinal Hernia/Hydrocele

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Condition: Inguinal Hernia/Hydrocele

An inguinal hernia happens near the groin area, between the belly and the thigh. With boys you can often see a swelling in the scrotom. Does this mean girls are off the hook? Not exactly. Although girls don't have testicles, they do have an inguinal canal and can get hernias too. About 3-5% of healthy, full-term babies are born with an inguinal hernia. In premature infants, the incidence is substantially increased - up to 30%!

If an inguinal hernia is not treated, it can cause serious problems. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of this condition and what to expect if your child needs hernia repair surgery.

The source of this content is the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery, APSA and the American College of Surgeons. Copyright 2019.