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Scrotal Swelling (Definition)

The scrotum is the anatomical name of the sac which contains the testes (and associated structures). Scrotal swelling generically refers to enlargement of the scrotum, but does not indicate if the testicles within are swollen. Veinous proliferation (a varicocele) could be the cause of such swelling too, and a visit to your md is advised to ...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?

What is the definition or description of: scrotal swelling?

Swelling: The scrotum is the anatomical name of the sac which contains the testes (and associated structures). Scrotal swelling generically refers to enlargement of the scrotum, but does not indicate if the testicles within are swollen. Veinous proliferation (a varicocele) could be the cause of such swelling too, and a visit to your md is advised to evaluate this. Good luck! ...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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What's the best treatment to get rid of scrotal swelling?

See a urologist: Most common cause of scrotal swellings are hydroceles (sac of fluid around testicle)+ corrected by minor surgery. Spermatoceles are benign cysts which can be removed if large or symptomatic. Swellings with pain can be due to twisted testicle or epididymitis, former needs surgery asap ot save testis, latter needs antibiotics. Testis tumors need surgery. Treatment for scrotal edema is non-surgical. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia surgery16 days ago-have some scrotal swelling. To my surprise this afternoon the base of my penis shaft is swollen. Is this normal?

Inguinal hernia surgery16 days ago-have some  scrotal swelling. To my surprise this afternoon the base of my penis shaft is swollen. Is this normal?

Yes, to be expected: The area where your hernia was repaired (inguinal canal) is able to communicate with the tissues around the penis and the scrotum. However, new swelling at this time (> 2 weeks out) sounds like it needs to be seen and evaluated. Contact your surgeon to be checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband had inguinal hernia surgery 3 days ago. Scrotal swelling is huge & has increased each day. Is daily increase normal? Used Ice & elevated.

My husband had inguinal hernia surgery 3 days ago. Scrotal swelling is huge & has increased each day. Is daily increase normal? Used Ice & elevated.

Here are some...: Go to be checked by the surgeon is the most reasonable thing to do although most of times nothing could be or need to be done since such occurrence after inguinal hernia repair is usually self-limiting, but taking much longer time to resolve. Clinically, it may result from bleeding at the surgical site. Again, go to be checked. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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I have an unknown swelling in my scrotal sac. What should I do?

Urologist: You should see a urologist for an examination and possibly scrotal ultrasound to evaluate this. They are usually benign but could potentially be worrisome depending on your age. ...Read more

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Can cocaine cause painful swelling inside the scrotum?

Can cocaine cause painful swelling inside the scrotum?

No: Cocaine can cause sperm damage and infertility but not painful swelling. It sounds like you have an infection. Either epididymitis or orchitis, either way you need to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are painful soft swelling similar to bag of worms in scrotum?

What are painful soft swelling similar to bag of worms in scrotum?

Varicocele: Varicoceles are usually non-tender, but are classically usually reffered to as a 'bag of worms' almost invariably in left hemi-scrotum. Surgical correction for pain is contraversial because pain often not relieved by surgery. Surgery most often performed for preservation or improvement of fertility. ...Read more

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I have a soft swelling in my scrotum On right side that pushes my testes together causing discomfort.

I have a soft swelling in my scrotum On right side that pushes my testes together causing discomfort.

Anything and nothing: you need a proper evaluation by a urologist, a surgeon, or a regular physician. it could be a simple vein, or a cyst. or it could be something more serious, like a hernia, hydrocele, infection, or a tumor. see a doctor please. ...Read more

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With epididymitis should pain and swelling decrease with rest and scrotal elevation, I have some pain and swelling but only when active?

With epididymitis should pain and swelling decrease with rest and scrotal elevation, I have some pain and swelling but only when active?

No: They is usually the result of infection and it requires antibiotics to treat. Do not delay in seeing a doctor. Permanent damage can occur if this is left untreated. ...Read more

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


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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