Hydrocele - Types and Features

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What are the physical features and types hydroceles?

A hydrocele is characterized as a non-painful, soft swelling of the scrotum (one or both sides). The overlying skin is not tender or inflamed. There are two types of hydroceles:

  1. communicating, and
  2. non-communicating.
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Comment from: Dhavan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

I developed what I imagine was a hydrocele on my left testicle when I was 13 years old. It expanded quickly to the size of a baseball (3-4 inches in diameter) and was very sore. The skin surrounding the sac was red and tender, due to being stretched. I lived on a farm and it was a busy time of the year, so I didn't want to bother my parents by demanding a trip to the doctor. The swelling decreased on its own after a week, but the testicle was ruined. I have always regretted not saying something to my parents. Many years later, my doctor said, Thank goodness you've got two testicles, as the other one seems OK. Thankfully I've had a fulfilling sex life, but am plagued by guilt over this incident.

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Comment from: trish, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 13

I have a son who had a hydrocele and had undergone a surgery when he was 1 year and 2 months old in May of this year. He had his first check up after the surgery in July. The surgeon said, it was okay and he scheduled my son's checkup this October, and we went to see him last Monday. Unfortunately, he found out that the hydrocele recurred. He suggested to have another surgery in December. As a parent, I was frustrated. I am worried about my son's condition, that he's too young to have two consecutive surgeries. I wonder if it is really necessary to have the next surgery.

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