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What is the difference between a hernia and a hydrocele in children?

A hydrocele is a collection of fluid along the membrane covering the front and sides of the testicle.
The difference between a hernia and a hydrocele: If the fluid from the peritoneum travels through this opening, then the child has a hydrocele. If intestinal contents travel into the scrotum, then the child has a hernia. They are essentially the same pathologic condition. They differ from adult hernias which are usually a disorder that arises from muscle weakness.



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