A hydrocele is a buildup of fluid around one or both testicles
that causes the scrotum or groin area to swell. The swelling may be unsightly
or uncomfortable, but it is not painful.
Hydroceles may be present
at birth (congenital) or may develop after birth (acquired). Congenital
hydroceles usually go away by age 2. Acquired hydroceles may be caused by an
injury to the groin area. Or the cause may be unknown. An acquired hydrocele
can occur at any age, but it is most common in men older than 40.
a hydrocele stays the same size or gets smaller as the body reabsorbs the
fluid, generally no treatment is needed. If the hydrocele varies in size or
gets bigger and becomes uncomfortable, surgery may be needed to remove the
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
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