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Urol Int. 2001;66(3):166-8.

Scrotal extraperitoneal hernia of the ureter: case report and literature review.

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Luciano Giuliani Department of Urology, University of Genoa, Italy.


Ureteral herniation is a rare, often misdiagnosed event and serious surgical complications are possible. Until 1992, 128 cases of ureteral herniation were reported and in 54 (42%) the inguino-scrotal region was involved. From an anatomical and pathogenic standpoint, two types of uretero-inguinal hernias can be identified: paraperitoneal (more frequent, acquired, always presenting a peritoneal hernia sac, frequently associated with other herniated abdominal structures) and extraperitoneal (very uncommon, congenital, never associated with a true peritoneal sac, always composed only of the ureter). We describe a new case of scrotal extraperitoneal ureteral hernia and review the current urological, surgical and radiological literature to analyze the main clinical characteristics of this pathology and its ideal treatment.

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