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J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Sep;44(9):1766-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2008.12.002.

Abdominoscrotal hydrocele: its particular characteristics.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Hospital de niños Dr R Gutiérrez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Abdominoscrotal hydrocele (ASH) is an unusual condition characterized by a large scrotal hydrocele which communicates in an hourglass fashion with an abdominal component through the inguinal canal. Based on previous clinical observations, we believed that ASH is a condition that begins as a large scrotal hydrocele during the neonatal period and later expands first into the inguinal canal and finally into the abdominal cavity during the next few months of life. We report a case series of ASH and point out its distinctive characteristics.

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