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Pediatric Urology Conditions

Hydrocele and Hernia

What is a hydrocele and hernia?

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Hydrocele Illustration
A hydrocele occurs when fluid collects in the scrotum and causes it to swell. This may or may not be accompanied by a hernia. A hernia is present when bowel or membranes, known as omentum, push through the abdominal wall either into or above the scrotum. A hydrocele or a hernia may be on one or both sides. These conditions can occur when the opening between the abdomen and the scrotum do not close after birth.

How often do these conditions occur?

What are the symptoms of a hydrocele or hernia?

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Hernia Illustration
Hydroceles appear as swelling in the scrotum. A hydrocele may appear larger at the end of the day or with increased activity. Hernias appear as a bulge in the groin.

Our approach to treating a hydrocele or hernia

A hydrocele that persists beyond 12 months of age usually requires a surgical correction. A hernia at any age should be corrected. The surgery involves making a small incision in the groin or inguinal area and then draining the fluid and closing off the opening between the scrotum and the abdominal area.

Facts about hernia and hydrocele surgeries

Reviewed by: Division of Urology
Date: March 2011


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