What is an abdominoscrotal hydrocele?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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An abdominoscrotal hydrocele extends from the abdominal cavity through the inguinal canal into the scrotum. With an infant, a digital rectal examination with careful internal examination of the ring can differentiate an incarcerated hernia from a hydrocele. The child should have an operation for clarification if the situation is equivocal or if the intra-abdominal component is causing a mass effect on other organs or obstructive symptoms.


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