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Steven C. Campbell, M.D., Ph.D., C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Scrotal swelling is abnormal enlargement of the scrotum.

Epidemiology and Demographics

Scrotal swelling can occur in males at any age.

Diagnosis

History and Symptoms

The swelling can be on one or both sides, and there may be pain. The testicles and penis may or may not be involved.

Treatment

Medical Therapy

Application of ice packs to the scrotum for the first 24 hours, followed by sitz baths helps in decreasing swelling. If the pain is severe, a rolled-up towel between the legs just under the scrotum may help in relieving pain and reducing swelling. Wearing a loose-fitting athletic supporter for daily activities can help reduce swelling as well. Avoiding excessive activity until the swelling disappears is also important.

Primary Prevention

Avoiding trauma to the scrotal area can be an important preventative measure.

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