A hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. An inguinal hernia is the most common. In boys, it occurs when a portion of the intestines pushes through an abnormal opening or weakening of the abdominal wall and into the groin or scrotum. The hernia may look like a bulge or swelling in the groin area. Surgery can correct the condition.
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