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A 39-year-old member asked:

Will hydrocele kill me if i don't get treatment?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 52 years experience
Its full of fluid: A hydorcele is an accumulation of fluid in the scrotum around the testicle. It sometimes goes away by itself, and sometimes can be a sign of a hernia. See your doctor for specific treatment in your case.
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Dr. Andrew Siegel
Urology 42 years experience
Will not kill, only can become unsightly, weighty and annoying.
Feb 18, 2012
Dr. Andrew McCullough
Urology 45 years experience
No: Make sure it's a hydrocele!if it's a testicular cancer causing the hydrocele , the cancer can do you in.An ultrasound will answer the question.
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Very few patients with testicular cancer die from it
Feb 6, 2013
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
No it won't: George bernard shaw lived to a ripe old age with a hydrocele down to his knee, and died of other causes. But who else on earth would want to live like that. Consult with a urologist if your hydrocele is very large and bothers you, otherwise you can live with it indefinitely. Good luck.
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