Users' questions

Can a hydrocele be acquired at any age?

Can a hydrocele be acquired at any age?

Hydroceles can be diagnosed at any age, with congenital hydrocele being more common in children. Most hydroceles are acquired and present with progressing painless scrotal mass.

When do hydroceles go down in a baby?

A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the scrotum. Most hydroceles go down within the first few months of life in babies so do not need treatment. If a hydrocele persists then a small operation can usually cure the problem. The scrotum is normally loose, soft and fleshy.

How long does it take for a hydrocele to resolve?

The treatment approach for your child’s hydrocele will depend on the type of hydrocele. Non-communicating hydrocele: In many cases, non-communicating hydroceles will resolve over the first year of life. If your child is less than 1 year of age, the surgeon will often recommend observation of the hydrocele.

When does a boy have non communicating hydrocele?

When a boy has a non-communicating hydrocele there is no connection between the abdominal cavity and the sac around the testicle in the scrotum. This type of hydrocele is often found in newborns and these often resolve or go away over time.

When does a hydrocele go away in a child?

A noncommunicating hydrocele often goes away on its own by the time a child reaches his first birthday. The fluid is reabsorbed into the body from the pouch. A hydrocele that lasts longer than 12 to 18 months is often a communicating hydrocele. This often needs surgery to prevent an inguinal hernia.

When a boy has a non-communicating hydrocele there is no connection between the abdominal cavity and the sac around the testicle in the scrotum. This type of hydrocele is often found in newborns and these often resolve or go away over time.

When does a hydrocele need to be repaired?

There are no medications available to treat a hydrocele. A hydrocele usually does not need to be surgically repaired. A hydrocele typically goes away on its own within six to 12 months of age. If the hydrocele does not resolve on its own, then it needs to be surgically repaired to prevent further complications.

Are there long-term effects of having a hydrocele?

There are no long-term effects of having a hydrocele. Having a hydrocele does not affect the testicles (testes) or a boy’s ability to have children in the future. Zhang Y, Chao M, Zhang X, et al; Does the laparoscopic treatment of paediatric hydroceles represent a better alternative to the traditional open repair technique?