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Does spermatic cord "expand" at all with increased intra-abdominal pressure?

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  • Does spermatic cord "expand" at all with increased intra-abdominal pressure?

    Out of curiosity, I was poking at my other side (the side without an obvious hernia) and felt an ever-so-slight "inflation" impulse just below where the external ring would be. Is any kind of expansion/inflation below the external ring necessarily the beginning of a hernia, or will increased intra-abdominal pressure cause the cord/vessels to do so? Absolutely no visual bulging, regardless of whether I am breathing in/bearing down/coughing, but I know these things can start very, very small.

    Still need to get the "real" one evaluated, but want to know how closely I need to be watching the other side in the mean time.

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