Pressure, Fluid and Anatomical Characteristics of Abdominoscrotal Hydroceles in Infants
Abdominoscrotal hydrocele occurs as a result of increased intraluminal pressure confined in a proximal closed processus vaginalis. Increased hydrocele pressure allows expansion into the retroperitoneal space through the internal inguinal ring. This increased pressure is associated with testicular elongation and epididymal abnormalities. The exudative fluid is of a noninfectious etiology and it suggests an altered filtration process. To our knowledge the effects on future fertility are unknown.