Hydrocele

Hydrocele, epididymal cysts and varicocele are all types of testicular lumps and swellings.

Common questions

What's the difference between hydrocele, varicocele and an epididymal cyst?

Hydrocele, epididymal cysts and varicocele are all types of testicular lumps and swellings.

Hydrocele is a swelling caused by fluid around the testicle. Varicocele is a swelling caused by dilated or enlarged veins within the testicles. Epididymal cysts are lumps caused by a collection of fluid in the epididymis, which is a long coiled tube behind the testicles. Lumps, swellings or changes to the testicles should always be checked by a doctor.

What is treatment for hydrocele/epididymal cysts/varicocele?

Some may not require any treatment and may just disappear on their own. This is often the case with hydroceles in newborn babies when it often goes of its own accord during the child’s first or second year. If a lump causes pain or discomfort it may be possible to have it surgically removed.

What happens during treatment for hydrocele/epididymal cysts/varicocele?

Treatment for a testicular lump will depend on the underlying cause of the lump. All testicular lumps or swelling should be discussed with your GP.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.