How is adult hydrocele diagnosed?

A doctor can diagnose a hydrocele through a combination of tests and observations, including:

  • Health history of the patient.
  • Physical exam.
  • An imaging test such as an ultrasound.
  • Checking for tenderness in the scrotum.
  • Testing to see how the bulge in the groin area changes under pressure when the patient is asked to cough.
  • Shining a light through the scrotum, highlighting any collection of fluid in that area.
  • Blood or urine tests to check for underlying infection.

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