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Doctor insights on: Differential Diagnosis Of Scrotal Swelling

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Do a lot of people get scrotal swelling?

Do a lot of people get scrotal swelling?

Lots of boys + men: Hydroceles are most common cause for scrotal sweeling in boys. Collection of fluid. Resolves spontaeously by age one year in most infants unless huge. Beyond on year + if fluctuate in size or in adults need surgery to clear. Varicoceles + epididymal cysts are very common in post pubertal males. Testis torsion and epididimitis common + present as painful swellings which need treatment. Tumors rare. ...Read more

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Can I die from scrotal swelling if I ignore it?

Can I die from scrotal swelling if I ignore it?

If untreated cancer: Most scrotal swellings are benign. You will not die from testis torsion or epidymitis, but treatment will make you feel better. Non-tender swellings are also benign unless the testicle is enlarged and hard, or has a hard lump or nodule on it. This could be cancer. Most testis cancers are cureable as with lance armstrong, but not if ignored and allowed to spread all over your body. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have scrotal swelling?

Could it be something bad if I have scrotal swelling?

Yes if hard: Painless hard swellings of the testicle are cancer until proven otherwise. Hence should be checked out asap. Fortunately most scrotal swellings are benign. Scrotal swellings that develop suddenly and are associated with severe pain can be due to torsion (twisted spermatic cord) which needs to be corrected asap because testicle can be lost if left untreated>6hrs. Or epipidymitis which antibiotics a. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting scrotal swelling?

Are some people more prone to getting scrotal swelling?

Scrotal swelling: Anyone who has had a hernia repair or vasectomy can develop a hydrocele which is fluid surrounding the testicle. If hard swelling is occurring then concerns for testicular cancer. See a doctor to be evaluated for these problems a scrotal ultrasound may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: scrotal swelling?

Scrotal: Scrotal swelling consists of enlargementif the skin and underlying layers which can be from edema or fluid retention, hydrocele hernia hematoma varicocele. ...Read more

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I started getting scrotal swelling a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting scrotal swelling a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

Not if a hydrotycele: Will settle down if due to trauma. Unlikely if a hydrocele and not if it is a tumor. Suggest see a urologist and get an ultrasound if it persists. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get scrotal swelling? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get scrotal swelling? Is he right?

Scrotal swelling: Scrotal swelling has many possible causes, and should be evaluated by your primary care physician or a urologist. An exam in the office is helpful, and an ultrasound may also be of use in establishing the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Scrotal swelling with chf?

Scrotal swelling with chf?

Yes: Peripheral edema due to congestive heartfelt failure can be present in any area, particularly those areas that are "dependent." another important cause of scrotal swelling can be ascites with passage of fluid into the scrotum. You should see your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a ...Read more


Scrotal Swelling (Definition)

Scrotal swelling consists of enlargementif the skin and underlying layers which can be from edema or fluid retention, ...Read more