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An inguinal hernia occurs when a small portion of the bowel bulges out through the inguinal canal and into the groin. (The inguinal canal is a passage or opening through the muscles of the abdominal wall.) The bulge usually contains tissue lining the inside of the abdomen (belly) as well as fatty tissue from inside the belly. Or it may contain a loop of intestine.
There are two types of inguinal hernias:
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