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04 Apr 2006

HERNIA
My son of 20 frequently develops a lump in his groin. It swells up and stays for a couple of days before disappearing - normally disappearing on the day of doctor's appointment!! Can this be a hernia or is it merely a gland swelliing? What should be done about it? It makes him feel uncomfortable and nauseas.
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cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear concerned mom
Next time it comes up - please feel - if it is hard and red and tender, it is a gland. If it is softish and tender and if you put your ear over it and hear "bubbles" it can be a hernia. A hernia you can sometimes push back but a gland will be fairly rubbery and firm. The nausea part make me think that it could be a hernia - ask your doctor if you can have an emergency appointment next time it surfaces?
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