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Scrotal hernia surgery. Surgeon assessing a large indirect inguinal (scrotal) hernia in a male patient, before beginning corrective surgery. A hernia occurs when an organ, such as a loop of the intestine, protrudes from a weak area in the body wall. Here, the intestines are protruding through a weak area in the abdominal muscles, into the inguinal canal and have descended to the bottom of the scrotum.
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