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Testicle & scrotum problems in boys

This page has information about inguinal hernias in boys. For inguinal hernias in adults see Hernia.

Boys sometimes get lumps in their scrotum. Most the time these are harmless lumps like hydroceles or, less often, a hernia.

Occasionally boys can get a testicular torsion, which is a twisted testicle. This is very painful.


Any severe pain in a boy's testicles needs to be checked urgently. Take you boy to your GP, or to the after-hours surgery.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. October 2016.

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Other testicular & scrotal problems

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