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J Pediatr Surg. 1992 Oct;27(10):1349-51.

Unilateral leg edema caused by abdominoscrotal hydrocele: elegant diagnosis by MRI.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick 08903-0019.


A 5-month-old boy presented with bilateral hydroceles since birth and right leg edema. An ultrasound of the pelvis showed a 4-cm cystic mass that was diagnosed as a teratoma or cystic hygroma. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed, which showed a dumbbell shaped contiguous, fluid filled mass extending intraabdominally through the inguinal canal from the scrotum. The cystic portion in the right iliac fossa was lying on the right iliac vessels, which were patent. A bilateral hydrocelectomy was performed, and the intraperitoneal sac was completely excised through the inguinal incision. The edema of the right leg disappeared a few days after surgery.

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