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What's the difference between a hydrocele and a spermatocele?

What's the difference between a hydrocele and a spermatocele?

Different structures: A hydrocele is a fluid collection around the testicle. A spermatocele is a fluid collection or cyst arising from the epididymis. Both condition are generally benign. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Levin
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Hydrocele (Definition)

A collection of fluid around the testicles, within the scrotum. These fluid collections are contained in a layer of tissue around the testicles, and it is usually ...Read more


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What is the difference between a hydrocele and a spermatocele?

Embryonic origins: A hydrocele develops from an out pouching of the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity) as it follows the testis into the scrotum during fetal development. It is filled with clear fluid. A spermatocele develops off the tubules leading to the testis and is also filled with clear fluid and sperm. Clinically it can be hard to differentiate between them. ...Read more

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Can you use ice on hydroceles?

Can you use ice on hydroceles?

Here is. ..: Anyone can use and do whatever they want as long as they will take personal responsibility for the outcome they do and don't leave a social burden to others. Professionally, using ice on hydroceles does not make any sense except for "comforting" at special occasions such as after surgery. Be remember: Do something at reasonable time in reasonable way to a reasonable person and circumstance. ...Read more

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Does a spermatocele cause pain?

Does a spermatocele cause pain?

Not suppose to!: See you doc for a second look and exam. I want this done asap! If lots of pain go to the er! ...Read more

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Could my hydrocele get bigger if?

Could my hydrocele get bigger if?

Yes, ...: Over time, it will grow in size but at a highly variable pace, although its pace of growth may fluctuate. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of hydrocele bad?

Are the symptoms of hydrocele bad?

No: The hydrocoels I see on a regular basis are in infants that seem unbothered by the process. Occasionaly parents bring in a baby boy whose been fussy & realize the scrotum seems enlarged. They assume the enlargement caused the fussiness, it is the opposite. A fussy baby can drive a little fluid into a communicating hydrocoel but on exam the structure is not tender. Most resolve without rx. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a hydrocele?

Ultrasound: You will need to see your doctor to be examined, and then have an ultrasound to verify it. If you have a change in your testicle, a lump or pain, swelling or redness, definitely you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Which drug is useful in hydrocele pain.?

Ibuprofen but: It depends on the cause of the hydrocele. If it is acute, then surgery may be indicated. Chronic hydroceles in adults form because of inflammation of the lining of the hydrocele sac. Therefore anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen may be helpful. ...Read more

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What's the cause or hydrocele recurrence?

Residual hydrocele: A residual hydrocele sac is the most likely cause. Your procedure was likely performed through a scrotal incision.
In adults a hydrocele is a fluid collection around the testes confined to a potential space called the tunica vaginalis which when fills with fluid is call a hydrocele sac. The fluid and most of the sac are removed during the repair but if some sac remains recurrence may occur. ...Read more

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Hydrocele can it come from a slip and fall?

Yes: A hydrocele can be caused by trauma to the scrotum and testicle. It should be evaluated by your doctor or a urologist. ...Read more

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What is the composition in hydrocele fluid?

What is the composition in hydrocele fluid?

Serous fluid.: Hydrocele fluid is similar to other tissue fluids in the body, such as peritoneal fluid. It is a solution of mostly water, electrolytes, and protein. A 1994 study revealed that hydrocele fluid had higher levels of calcium, albumin, total protein and creatine-kinase, and lower levels of potassium, aspartate transaminase, and alkaline phosphatase than blood serum. ...Read more

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What can I expect in having a hydrocele fixed?

What can I expect in having a hydrocele fixed?

Straightforward.: A hydrocele repair is a straightforward outpatient operation and recovery depends on the size. Anesthesia is general or spinal. The scrotum is opened, the fluid removed & a repair performed to prevent recurrence. Sutures are used to close the skin. Sometimes a drain is placed, which is removed after 1-2 days. Recovery is about a week, with swelling and discomfort during this period that improves. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can cure hydroceles?

No: No, there is no specific medication or medications that can treat hydroceles. This is generally a surgical problem which needs a needle drainage in the office or surgery to remove the bag of around surrounding the testicle. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hydrocele?

What is the definition or description of: Hydrocele?

Hydrocele: Hydrocele = serous fluid which has collected in a body cavity. Hydrocele Testis - fluid around testicle. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spermatocele?

What is the definition or description of: spermatocele?

Spermatocele: Collection of sperm which has walled off and is sitting on testicle or epididymis. ...Read more

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What are some natural causes of permanant "spermatocele"?

What are some natural causes of permanant "spermatocele"?

Blockage of duct: One of the spermatic dict gets blocked and cyst develops from degenarative changes resulting in the fluid accumulation. Spermatocele is a benign condtion, if symptmatic (like you) should be removed. If aymptomatic could be left alone. It is low rist out patient surgery. ...Read more

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Are there any sides effect of not doing the communicating hydrocele repaire?

Communicating hydroc: There are 2 types of hydrocele communicating and non-communicating, a communicating hydrocele means that there is a communication between the sac around the testis (tunica vaginalis) and the peritoneal abdominal cavity, so this is a potenhernia, if there is an increase in the size of the communication it may result in trappment of the abdominal contents i.e. The bowel and fat in the scrotal sa. ...Read more

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Can ice packs cure hydrocele?

No...: No, it will not and be unnecessary. ...Read more

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How can you prevent a hydrocele?

No known. ..: There has been no known way to prevent developing hydrocele since most of cases are idiopathic and primary. Occasionally, hydrocele may be secondary from infection, inflammation, trauma, surgery, etc. So, ask Doc for detail timely. Best wish. .. ...Read more

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Is hydrocele in a fetus a problem?

Usually not: Will probably be present at birth. Most infant hydroceles resolve spontaneously during first year of life. May need treatment if they enlarge hugely or become tense, tender or red. ...Read more

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Can a spermatocele make you sterile?

Very unlikely...: While spermatocele contains sperms, the cause for its formation is still unclear; but, one thing for sure is somehow it's connected with convoluted tubules of peididymis so sperms exist there. As to male infertility, its presence should have a little effect on it as long as semen contains enough quality sperms. But, surgery on it may cause tubule or vasal obstruction resulting in poor or no sperms ...Read more

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What are the main hydrocele operations?

What are the main hydrocele operations?

Bottle or Lord ops.: For adult hydroceles. Both operations are performed through the scrotum. Excess hydrocele sac is excised with bottle procedure and remaining sac is everted and sutured together behind the testis. Hydrocele is incised and rolled up & sutured on either side of testis with lord procedure. Infant & child hydroceles are corrected through the groin & patent communication, . If present, is divided. ...Read more

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Can hydroceles be fixed laparoscopically?

No: Hydroeceles are benign swelling of the testicles. Treatment includes drainage with a needle or making an incision in the scrotum to drain the fluid directly. Unless there is abdominal pathology causing the pathology that needs to be addressed, laparoscopic treatment is not an option. ...Read more

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How can I cure hydrocele without surgery?

Symptoms?: Treatment of the most common type of hydrocele is necessary only for symptomatic complaints or for the rare situation of compromised integrity of the scrotal skin. Surgical excision is the most common treatment. Simple aspiration doesn't work. The fluid will just reaccumulate. ...Read more

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Could hydrocele be cured without surgery?

Could hydrocele be cured without surgery?

Usually not: Small hydroceles often require no surgery unless they bother the subject. Large hydroceles in very old or infirm subjects can be aspirated coincident with instillation of a sclerosant but usually recur. By ; large all adult hydroceles which need to be "fixed" require surgery for correction. Operation is reactively minor. ...Read more

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Is encysted hydrocele of the cord painful?

Not usually: A hydrocele (abnormal fluid collection in the scrotum) is usually not painful but, if large enough, can cause aching, pressure, and discomfort, especially when wearing tight clothing or when physically active. ...Read more

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How can hydrocele be cured without surgery?

How can hydrocele be cured without surgery?

Requires surgery: Neither medication nor needle aspiration are an answer to this problem. Latter would just re=accumulate fluid ; puts subject at risk for a scrotal infection. ...Read more

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Is post-operative hydrocele rare or normal?

Not uncommon.: Develop in 15% of men after varicocelectomy (spermatic vein ligation) also known complication of inguinal hernia repair from ligation of spermatic cord lymphatics. Can easily be corrected surgically if hydrocele is of a size that bothers you. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of hydrocele?

Scrotal enlargement: Scrotum bulges on side of hydrocele due the collection of fluid. Small hydroceles tend to be symptom free. Large hydroceles feel like a weight within thy scrotum. Can be slightly tender, especially if tense or resulting from trauma. Can cause unpleasant friction on thigh with walking or running. Severe pain ; an acute hydrocele can be due to epididymitis or testis torsion ; needs 2B seen asap. ...Read more

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Hydrocele surgery recovery time, what to do?

Hydrocele surgery recovery time, what to do?

Ask your surgeon: Recovery depends somewhat on size of hydrocele. Best to wear tight or Lycra underpants for compression. Be a couch potato for a week or so. No tennis, basketball or football during that time. Rest will aid recovery ...Read more

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Can I have oral sex while I have a hydrocele?

Yes: A hydrocele does not interfere with sexual function. The latter will not make it worse or better either. ...Read more

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How long is ok to wait for hydrocele surgery?

Indefinitely or as: Long as you wish to live with the discomfort of a large scrotum. Also depends how large it is, a small hydrocele may never need surgery, a very large hydrocele must be very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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If you had to boil it down, what is hydrocele?

Fluid: A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the scrotum. It's not malignant, and usually we just watch them. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a spermatocele bursting?

What are the chances of a spermatocele bursting?

Here are some. ..: Its spontaneous bursting is impossible due to its usually very slow growth, but a sudden impact from any source of trauma like being kicked or in MVA may. ...Read more

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Where in tucson can I get a hydrocele aspiration?

An Urologist: I am sure any board certified urologist can help you with that. Ask your hospital or your family doctor for a referral or a name. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix a hydrocele without surgery?

No: Sadly not usually. You can drain a hydrocele with a needle in the office but the recurrence rate is very high. In surgery the hydrocele "sac" where the fluid sits is surgically removed so it is very rare for the fluid to return after surgery. Best of luck. Patricio gargollo, pediatric urologist, dallas, texas. ...Read more

Spermatocele (Definition)

Collection of sperm which has walled off and is sitting ...Read more


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