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Groin lump Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Groin lump. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the groin lump?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it intermittent or constant?

    Why: if intermittent this may suggest the groin lump is reducible and thus should consider a femoral or inguinal hernia.

  3. Risk factors for hernia?

    Why: e.g. heavy lifting work, chronic bronchitis with persistent coughing, constipation, difficulty passing urine.

  4. Occupational history?

    Why: e.g. heavy work, especially lifting may predispose to hernias.

  5. Have you been bitten by a mosquito?

    Why: may suggest Lymphatic filariasis (if person has traveled to areas where it may be contracted).

  6. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. primary syphilis is rare in urban Australia but must be excluded if suspect this diagnosis, especially if there has been recent sexual contact in South East Asia; Chancroid is usually only seen following sexual exposure in South East Asia, India or Africa; Lymphogranuloma venereum is usually only seen following sexual exposure in East and West Africa, India, parts of Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean; Lymphatic filariasis is found in northern Australia, Pacific Islands, west and Central Africa, South America and India.

  7. Sexual history?

    Why: to help determine risk of herpes simplex, HIV, syphilis, Chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum which may all cause swollen groin lymph nodes.

  8. Pain?

    Why: may suggest an abscess, haematoma, lymphadenitis, strangulated hernia, obturated hernia.

  9. Pulsatile mass?

    Why: suggests femoral artery aneurysm.

  10. Vomiting?

    Why: may suggest strangulated hernia or obstructed hernia.

  11. Genital ulcers or sores?

    Why: may suggest herpes simplex infection, primary or secondary syphilis, Donovanosis, Chancroid or Lymphogranuloma venereum which may all cause enlarged groin lymph nodes.

  12. Symptoms of inguinal hernia?

    Why: e.g. dragging, aching sensation in the groin that gets worse as the day passes. Sometimes there is nil discomfort. The groin lump may get smaller when laying down and you may be able to push the lump away.

  13. Symptoms of a strangulated hernia (when the blood supply to the contents of the hernia is cut off)?

    Why: e.g. the lump becomes very painful and tender. The overlying skin becomes red, tense and warm.

  14. Symptoms of an obstructed hernia (a loop of bowel in the hernia is blocked)?

    Why: e.g. abdominal pain, omitting, abdominal distention, absolute constipation).

  15. Symptoms of femoral artery aneurysm?

    Why: e.g. symptoms are often minimal until progressive narrowing or blockage occurs. The groin mass may throb.

  16. Symptoms of Hodgkin's disease?

    Why: e.g. painless enlarged lymph nodes (especially in the neck), malaise, weakness, weight loss, fever, night sweats, itchy skin, pain in the enlarged lymph nodes with consumption of alcohol.

  17. Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

    Why: e.g. painless enlarged lymph nodes, sweating, itchy skin.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Groin lump:

The following list of conditions have 'Groin lump' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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