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Hydrocele

Key Points about Hydrocele

  • A hydrocele is fluid buildup in the thin pouch that holds the testes in the scrotum.
  • Up to 1 in 10 baby boys have a hydrocele at birth. In most cases, it goes away without treatment within the first year.
  • There are two types of hydrocele. One that lasts longer than 12 to 18 months is often a communicating hydrocele. This often needs surgery to prevent an inguinal hernia.
  • A noncommunicating hydrocele may be present at birth. It often goes away on its own with no treatment within one year.
  • Symptoms can include a lump or swelling that is smooth and not painful, or a scrotum that changes size.
  • After it goes away or is treated, long-term problems are rare.
  • What is a hydrocele?
  • What causes a hydrocele?
  • What are the symptoms of a hydrocele?
  • How is a hydrocele diagnosed?
  • How is a hydrocele treated?
  • What are possible complications of a hydrocele?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Chief, Division of Urology | Urologist
Harry Rushton

Harry Rushton

Emeritus Chair and Faculty, Division of Urology | Urologist
Departments

Departments

Urology

At Children’s National in Washington, D.C., our pediatric urologists provide comprehensive care for disorders affecting reproductive and urinary organs.

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