What is groin swelling?

Groin swelling is a sign of fluid buildup or inflammation in the groin area. The groin area is basically where your abdomen ends and your legs begin. The groin is also called the inguinal area and includes your upper inner thigh, as well as the front area where your legs attach to your torso.

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The swollen area of the groin may appear as a lump that is solid and firm or soft to the touch, and it may be tender and painful. In men, groin swelling may also refer to swelling of the scrotum or the testicles within the scrotum.

Groin swelling can be due to serious infections, inflammation, trauma, malignancy (cancer), and other abnormal processes, such as a hernia, pulled muscle, or testicular torsion. Depending on the cause, groin swelling can begin suddenly and disappear quickly, such as after a mild allergic reaction. Groin swelling that develops over time and occurs along with additional symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Because groin swelling or a lump in your groin can be a symptom of a life-threatening condition, such as testicular cancer in men, you should seek prompt medical care and talk with your medical professional about your symptoms. Any type of swelling in the groin should be examined by a licensed health care professional.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with groin swelling?

Groin swelling may be accompanied by other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, groin swelling due to an infection may be accompanied by fever, redness, and warmth around the affected area. Symptoms that may occur along with groin swelling include:

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CAUSES

What causes groin swelling?

Groin swelling can be caused by relatively minor conditions, such as a lipoma (a fatty growth) or small hernia that is not causing any other symptoms. Groin swelling can also be caused by a wide variety of infectious diseases that lead to swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin area. In some cases, groin swelling is a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition, such as testicular torsi... Read more about groin swellingcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.