What are the indications for treatment of a hydrocele?

Updated: Oct 28, 2020
  • Author: Jacob C Parke, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Indications for intervention in hydroceles include the following:

  • Inability to distinguish from an inguinal hernia

  • Failure of the hydrocele to resolve spontaneously after an appropriate interval of observation

  • Inability to clearly examine testis

  • Association of hydroceles with suggestive pathology (eg, torsion, tumor)

  • Pain or discomfort

  • Male infertility

  • Cosmesis


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