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Hydrocele

Hydrocele is the accumulation of fluid between the visceral and parietal tunica vaginalis. It may occur in isolation or in association with epidiymitis, orchitis, torsion, trauma, or tumor.

Gray scale ultrasound image of testicle shows simple anechoic fluid (F) surrounding testicle (T). This is consistent with a simple hydrocele. There were no other associated findings.

Gray scale ultrasound image of testicle shows simple anechoic fluid (F) surrounding testicle (T). This is consistent with a hydrocele. Did you notice the enlarged epididymis(E)? This hydrocele was probably reactive, secondary to the inflammed epididymis in this patient with acute epididymitis.

Gray scale ultrasound image of testicle in a patient with epididymitis shows complex fluid surrounding testicle with septations (arrows) Septations likely are related to hemorrhage with clot retraction or infection. This is a complex hydrocele. Note the enlarged epididymis(E).



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