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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for scrotal swelling?

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Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

On your own specific goals and values. For me - absolutely.

In brief: Depends

On your own specific goals and values. For me - absolutely.
Dr. Michael Jones
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It may be something benign like hydrocele or hernia, or bad like infection, cancer or torsion.
Is the cost of an er visit worth more than your testicles, or those of a loved one?

In brief: Yes

It may be something benign like hydrocele or hernia, or bad like infection, cancer or torsion.
Is the cost of an er visit worth more than your testicles, or those of a loved one?
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. George Klauber
Only go ER if painful or red & inflamed, best to go to primary care Dr. or urologist. Also co-pay will be less!
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: See a specialist

Yes. There are few benign problems related to scrotal swelling, the problems can range from "simple" skin infections (which can easily lead to a fasciitis) to a pathological process within the scrotum itself (testicular torsion, epididymitis, varicocele, sprematocele, etc).
An examination by a urologist is definitely called for.

In brief: See a specialist

Yes. There are few benign problems related to scrotal swelling, the problems can range from "simple" skin infections (which can easily lead to a fasciitis) to a pathological process within the scrotum itself (testicular torsion, epididymitis, varicocele, sprematocele, etc).
An examination by a urologist is definitely called for.
Dr. David Wishnew
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Of couse

How else will you know whether the swelling is benign or whether there is an underlying testis tumor causing the swelling! best to get a scrotal ultrasound, i would.

In brief: Of couse

How else will you know whether the swelling is benign or whether there is an underlying testis tumor causing the swelling! best to get a scrotal ultrasound, i would.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Peace of mind

Swellings can be associated with pain and tenderness this means testis torsion, epididymitis, cellulitis or an abscess, all require urgent treatment.
Torsion pain comes on suddenly and can result in loss of testicle if not corrected within 6 hours. Non-painful swellings should also be seen but are not emergencies, hydroceles, varicoceles, spermatocele cysts, testis tumors which are hard and edema.

In brief: Peace of mind

Swellings can be associated with pain and tenderness this means testis torsion, epididymitis, cellulitis or an abscess, all require urgent treatment.
Torsion pain comes on suddenly and can result in loss of testicle if not corrected within 6 hours. Non-painful swellings should also be seen but are not emergencies, hydroceles, varicoceles, spermatocele cysts, testis tumors which are hard and edema.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine

In brief: Damn straight!

Can't be comfortable!

In brief: Damn straight!

Can't be comfortable!
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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