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A groin lump is localized swelling in the groin area (where the upper leg meets the lower abdomen). It may be firm or soft, tender or not painful at all.
Lump in the groin; Inguinal lymphadenopathy; Localized lymphadenopathy-groin; Bubo; Lymphadenopathy - groin
All groin lumps should be examined by your health care provider.
Follow the therapy prescribed by your health care provider.
Call your health care provider if
Make an appointment to see your health care provider if you have an unexplained groin lump, especially if it persists for more than 3 weeks.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
The health care provider will examine you and may feel the lymph nodes in your groin area. A genital or pelvic examination may be done.
You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as:
The health care provider may also ask you detailed questions about your sexual activities.
Tests that may be done include:
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Reviewed by:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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