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What is a femoral hernia?

A femoral hernia occurs when tissue protrudes into the femoral canal (where the femoral vein runs through the groin area) Femoral hernias sometimes, though not always, present as a bulge in the outer groin. This bulge may grow in size during the day and shrink somewhat while lying down. Pain is not always present. Surgery may not always be necessary. Women are much more likely than men to develop a femoral hernia.

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