A hydrocele refers to a build-up of fluid around a baby's testicles.
This liquid build-up will cause the scrotal and groin areas to swell. Marshfield Clinic has Urologists trained to diagnose and treat all forms of this condition.
Your physician will determine which type of hydrocele your child has and will recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on the form of the condition:
Noncommunicating hydrocele - in which the fluid gets trapped within the space around the testicles. This form of hydrocele typically corrects itself as the fluid is simply reabsorbed from the scrotum.
Communicating hydrocele - when the fluid moves back and forth between the scrotum and the abdomen within a hernia causing swelling. This form typically requires surgical correction in which an incision is made to drain the fluid and the opening it came through and repair the hernia.
Hydrocele of the spermatic cord - fluid is located higher up in the scrotum and later absorbed into the body. This form of the condition can be mistaken for a hernia and also requires corrective surgery.