If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
Normal: The fluid around the testicles is absorbed.
Noncommunicating hydrocele: The fluid stays around the testicles and is not absorbed.
Communicating hydrocele: The fluid flows back and forth between the scrotum and the abdomen.
Hydrocele of the cord: The fluid is located in the spermatic cord, between the scrotum and the abdomen.
Last Revised: December 28, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
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