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Hydrocele: Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors


Risk factors
Most hydroceles are present at birth. At least 5 percent of newborn boys have a hydrocele. Babies who are born prematurely have a higher risk of having a hydrocele.


Risk factors for developing a hydrocele later in life include:

  • Injury or inflammation to the scrotum
  • Infection, including a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

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