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

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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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 are hydrocele surgery complications?

What are hydrocele surgery complications?

See below: In an adult, the complications of hydrocele surgery consist of infection, bleeding with hematoma formation and recurrence of the problem. The reported risk of these complications collectively is under 3%. ...Read more

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What is hydrocele+hernia? Is it dangerous?

See a surgeon: Hydrocoele is a collection of fluid around the testicle and typically presents as a painless swelling of the scrotum. Inguinal hernia is a protrusion of abdominal-cavity contents (usually intestine) through the inguinal canal, and sometimes extending into the scrotum. These two conditions are not dangerous, per se, but can lead to symptoms and in the case of a hernia, can cause blockage. ...Read more

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What is a hydrocele?

What is a hydrocele?

Fluid in the scrotum: A hydrocele is a collection of fluid that accumulates between two layers of tissue called peritneum that surrounds the testis and spermatic cord. It results in swelling of the involved side of the scrotum and is sometimes painful. Causes vary from completely benign to more serious. It is thus very important that any new scrotal swelling be brought to your doctor's attention for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes fetal hydrocele?

What causes fetal hydrocele?

Communication: Between perineum and tunica vaginalis surrounding testis. Testes develop at back of abdominal cavity, just below kidneys. They migrate downwards and and out of abdomen through the inguinal canals attached to a slip of peritoneum, the tunica vaginalis at 27 wks. This normally closes after attached testis reaches base of scrotum. Fluid causing collection in scrotum via communication causes hydrocele. ...Read more

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In what percent (roughly) hydrocele (at adults) can cure by it self? Mine appeared after a classic direct inguinal hernia operation 2.5 months ago.

In what percent (roughly) hydrocele (at adults) can cure by it self? Mine appeared after a classic direct inguinal hernia operation 2.5 months ago.

Hydroceles: Congenital hydroceles that have been present since birth don't "heal"; require surgery; although small non symptomatic hydroceles can be safely watched. Postop hydrocele rx however depends on the cause. Normal post-op swelling/fluid around the testicle ; in the scrotum often absorbs over time. However a retained portion of a hernia sac that fills with fluid may require repeat surgery see your md. ...Read more

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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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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a bilateral hydrocele?

2 Hydroceles: One on each side. Each hydrocele is a collection of fluid around the testicle. Fluid is within membrane called tunica vaginalis which surrounds each testis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hydrocele?

Scrotal ultrasound: Is essentially the only reliable test for hydrocele. Transillumination can be used, but is not 100% reliable because subject with a hydrocele may also have a testicular tumor which is not necessarily seen on transillumination. ...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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I have bilateral small hydrocele what can I do dr.

I have bilateral small hydrocele what can I do dr.

Surgery or nothing: Small hydroceles do not require treatment unless they are bothering you. Urologist can certainly remove them by means of a simple trans scrotal operation if they are really troubling you. Otherwise leave them alone unless they enlarge sufficiently to become symptomatic. ...Read more

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What to do if I feel I'm suffering from hydrocele. What is the best way to cure it?

Here. ..: Usually a man doesn't feel his hydrocele because it is usually painless and slow growing. But seeing the bulkiness from its growth makes a man uneasy or embarrassed. There is no natural cure and hydrocelectomy is the most advised option of care. ...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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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

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Report said "minimal fluid collection noted in both tv sacs for hydrocele? " what to do so that the fluid will not get increase? Any precautions?

Not a very: Impressive ultrasound report. I wouldn't be worried by it. There is not a great deal to do to avoid hydroceles except avoid testicular trauma. Most just resolve over time. If you are still that worried speak to a urologist. ...Read more

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Sir I have a small stone in my hydrocele, what I have to do....?

Sir I have a small stone in my hydrocele, what I have to do....?

Scrotal pearl: Is likely a calcified appendix testis and of no cocern. It will come out when and if the hydrocele requires surgical correction. Hydrocelectomy will be indicated according to size or presence of discomfort. Suggest consult a urologist unless you have done so already. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the risks of hydrocele operation for a three year-old boy?

Minimal: Operation is safest with anesthesia perfromed by a pediatric anesthesiologist (risk 1:250, 000) plus a surgeon experienced in pediatric urologic surgery. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the risks of hydrocele operation for three year old boy?

Hydrocele: There are risks to any surgical procedure. For a healthy 3 year old they should be no more than anesthetic risks and possibility of recurrence. ...Read more

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I did ultrasound and it appers minimal hydrocele ; what is the med, I attached the report with lab test. Thanks?

? see uologist: I don't have your reports unfortunately. If you are asymptomatic and the tests confirm a minimal hydrocele, there is no need for any treatment. If there are symptoms, a hydrocele can be aspirated (fluid drawn off with a needle) but the fluid often returns. If you physician has any concern, you should be referred to a urologist. ...Read more

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What are the short-term & long-term side effects from surgical excision of the hydrocele? What are the risks&probabilities of the surgical incision?

See below: Short term risk is post-operative pain, swelling, hematoma formation or recurrent hydrocele. Infection is rare unless a hematoma develops. Damage to adjacent structures such as the testis itself, the vas or epididymis are uncommon long term risks. ...Read more

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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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How do you cure small hydrocele?

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Here are some. ..: Normally, various small amount of fluid inside the space between scrotal wall and testis is alway present, and "hydrocele" is just incidentally "picked" up by US. Generally speaking, hydroceles causing no mental or physical stress or discomfort require no intervention. Can one cure it? No as far as I have known from 45-year study and practice in urology. More concern? Seel pro-evaluation. .. ...Read more

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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 you deal with a hydrocele?

Hydrocele: Options include doing nothing if it doesn't bother you or surgery to remove it. Aspirating it, or drawing off fluid with a needle is not recommended. ...Read more

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Will my hydrocele take to resolve?

Surgery: You need a surgical hydrocelectomy for it to resolve! ...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