Hydrocele is a common medical condition that occurs in males when fluid accumulates in the sac surrounding the testes, causing swelling and discomfort. It can affect males of any age, but it is more common in infants and older adults. In this blog, we will discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatment of hydrocele to help you understand the condition better.
The primary symptom of hydrocele is the enlargement of the scrotum, which may be painless or cause mild discomfort. Other symptoms may include:
- Swelling or heaviness in the scrotum
- Redness, tenderness, or warmth in the affected area
- Pain or discomfort when standing or exerting pressure
- In infants, the hydrocele may disappear on its own within a few months.
Hydrocele can occur due to various reasons, including:
- Congenital: Hydrocele can occur in infants due to a failure of the connection between the sac and the abdominal cavity to close properly during fetal development.
- Acquired: Hydrocele can occur in adults due to injury or inflammation, infection, or swelling in the scrotum or the groin area.
- Idiopathic: In some cases, the exact cause of hydrocele may not be clear.