What is Hydrocele?
A Hydrocele is a condition in which fluid is filled in the scrotum (the sac which holds the testicles). The condition is commonly seen in newborn babies and seldom in adults. It usually occurs on one side but may occur on both sides as well.
What are the Causes of Hydrocele?
The cause of Hydrocele is not known. In adults, it can be a result of infection, inflammation, and trauma to the testicles which can result in fluid accumulation in the sac. In newborn babies, it is a result of the failure of the scrotal sac to close and absorb the fluid.
Hydroceles usually do not cause pain. The only indication of a hydrocele is a painless swelling of one or both testicles. Adult men may feel heaviness in the scrotum. In some cases, the swelling might be worse in the morning than in the evening.
You should seek immediate medical attention if sudden, severe scrotal pain or swelling develops especially within several hours of an injury to the scrotum. The signs and symptoms can occur with several conditions like blocked blood flow in a twisted testicle.
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