Picture of three types of hydroceles
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 between the scrotum and the abdomen.

Last Updated: January 23, 2009

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology

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