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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:
    • A communicating hydrocele or hernia lasts longer than 12 to 18 months and requires surgery to repair.
    • A noncommunicating hydrocele may be present at birth. It often goes away on its own with no treatment within one year. Sometimes noncommunicating hydrocele remains large which makes it difficult to feel the testis. When this occurs, surgery is offered to remove the hydrocele.
  • 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.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Division Chief, Urology
Urologist
Co-director, Spina Bifida Program
Daniel Casella

Daniel Casella

Director, Urology Fellowship
Medical Director, Informatics for Surgery
Urologist
Nadia Kalloo

Naida Kalloo

Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County
Urologist
Aaron Krill

Aaron Krill

Director, Kidney Stone Surgical Program
Urologist
Rachel Selekman

Rachel Selekman

Associate Director, Ambulatory Telemedicine
Urologist
Physician Informaticist
Departments

Departments

Urology

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

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