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Alternative Names Return to topLump in the groin; Inguinal lymphadenopathy; Localized lymphadenopathy-groin; Bubo; Lymphadenopathy - groin
Definition Return to top
A groin lump is localized swelling in the groin area. It may be firm or soft, tender or not painful at all.
Considerations Return to top
All groin lumps should be examined by your health care provider.
Causes Return to top
Home Care Return to top
Follow the therapy prescribed by your health care provider.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Make an appointment to see your doctor if you have an unexplained groin lump, especially if it persists for more than 3 weeks.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
The doctor will examine you and may feel the lymph nodes in your groin area. A genital or pelvic examination may be done.
The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as:
The doctor may also ask you detailed questions about your sexual activities.
Tests that may be done include:
References Return to topHenry PH, Longo DL. Enlargement of lymph nodes and spleen. In: Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Anthony S. Fauci AS, eds. Harrison’s Internal Medicine. 16th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2005. Update Date: 7/17/2007 Updated by: Robert Hurd, MD, Professor of Endocrinology, Department of Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, and physician in the Primary Care Clinic, Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.