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    Groin lump

    Lump in the groin; Inguinal lymphadenopathy; Localized lymphadenopathy-groin; Bubo; Lymphadenopathy - groin

    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.


    All groin lumps should be examined by your health care provider.


    • Allergic reaction
    • Cancer
    • Drug reaction
    • Harmless (benign) cyst
    • Hernia (usually a soft, large bulge in the groin on one or both sides)
    • Infections in the legs
    • Injury trauma to the groin area
    • Lipomas (harmless fatty growths)
    • Sexually transmitted diseases such as genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea
    • Swollen lymph glands in the groin area

    Home Care

    Follow the therapy prescribed by your health care provider.

    When to Contact a Medical Professional

    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 Office Visit

    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:

    • When did the lump develop?
    • Is it on one side or both?
    • How big is it?
    • Did it occur suddenly or develop slowly?
    • Is it always present or does it come and go?
    • Does it get larger when coughing or straining?
    • Has there been any unusual physical activity recently?
    • What symptoms do you have?

    The health care provider may also ask you detailed questions about your sexual activities.

    Tests that may be done include:

    • Blood tests such as a CBC or blood differential
    • Blood tests to check for syphilis, HIV, or other sexually transmitted infections
    • Kidney function tests
    • Liver function tests
    • Liver spleen scan
    • Lymph node biopsy


    Armitage JO. Approach to the patient with lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 171.

    Tower RL II, Camitta BM. Lymphadenopathy. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 484.


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          Review Date: 8/14/2012

          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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