What are the physical findings of a hydrocele in an abdominal hernia?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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A hydrocele usually transilluminates on examination; however, gas-filled intestines also transilluminate, thus precluding diagnostic aspiration. If the scrotal size vacillates or the examiner can squeeze fluid from the sac into the peritoneum, a communicating hydrocele is present. Communicating hydroceles without an obvious hernia component should be repaired electively.


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