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Incarcerated femoral hernia. Close-up of swelling in the groin of a 75-year-old female patient with an incarcerated femoral hernia. A hernia occurs when an organ, such as a loop of the intestine, protrudes from a weak area in the body wall. Here, the abdominal contents are protruding through femoral canal. Incarcerated hernias are ones where the hernia cannot be simply pushed back into the abdomen.
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