What is the role of duplex ultrasonography in the workup of a hydrocele?

Updated: Oct 28, 2020
  • Author: Jacob C Parke, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Duplex studies may provide substantial information regarding testicular blood flow when a hydrocele may be associated with chronic torsion.

Additionally, epididymitis associated with a reactive hydrocele can be distinguished based on findings from duplex scanning, as evidenced by increased epididymal flow.

Finally, duplex studies may help identify Valsalva-augmented regurgitant flow in patients with varicoceles.


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