When is treatment not indicated for a hydrocele?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Hydroceles are considered insignificant if they are present at birth, bilateral, soft, and peritesticular; do not persist beyond 6 months; and do not fluctuate in size. Because most physiologic noncommunicating hydroceles resolve spontaneously, surgical treatment is generally confined to hydroceles that have persisted for longer than 1 year, those that develop communication, or those that appear painful to the child.


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