This is a dropsy of the testicle. The spermatic cord may also be affected. The tumor usually has a translucent appearance when viewed with a strong light behind it. It differs from hernia in that it cannot be reduced or pressed back into the abdominal cavity, does not diminish during sleep or while lying down, is not increased by coughing, and does not come down from above.

The Treatment of Hydrocele

The proper treatment is a surgical operation, which may consist of simply tapping or withdrawing the fluid by an aspirator, or laying open the tumor. A surgeon should be consulted. A suspensory bag will give temporary relief.