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What is the difference between a varicocele and a hydrocele?

By Rebeca Reus.
Last Update: 12/19/2018

A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins in the testicles due to an abnormal blood flow. Conversely, a hydrocele is the presence of fluid in the scrotum, which function is to allow testicular mobility and to absorb the shocks. A hydrocele is commonly caused by inflammation of the testes.

Learn more: What Is a Hydrocele? – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment.

Suggested for you: What is a Varicocele? – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment.

 Rebeca Reus
Rebeca Reus
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).
Embryologist. Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).
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