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Hydrocele Overview

What is a hydrocele?
A male with a hydrocele has a collection of fluid within the scrotum. A hydrocele is usually caused by abnormal development of the tissue in the scrotum before birth.

What are the symptoms of a hydrocele?
Symptoms of a hydrocele include a lump in the scrotum and mild testicular pain. Larger hydroceles typically cause more pain.

How does the doctor treat a hydrocele?
Hydroceles are very common and rarely require treatment. Large hydroceles completely resolve with surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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