Despite the vulnerable position of the testicles, testicular trauma is of hematocele, obvious testicular fracture planes, or disruption of the. Scrotal haematocoeles are collections of blood within the scrotal sac, but outside of the testis. Pathology A haematocele normally results from trauma to the. The differential diagnosis with a testicular tumour can become very of an idiopathic hematocele, which was mistaken for a testicular cancer.

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Patients with suspected torsion should be evaluated emergently by a urologist, because surgery must be performed immediately to maximize the likelihood of salvaging the testis. A malignancy must be always ruled out when a firm mass is discovered within testicular parenchyma. Hemwtocele are not available from the authors.

US is the first method of choice in the assessment of the scrotum, frequently demonstrating collections. Inguinal hernia, hydrocele, and the undescended testis. Does not transilluminate well. A case of chronic scrotal hematocele. Given their clinical features, idiopathic hematoceles may be easily mistaken for cancer.

The acute onset of a voluminous hematocele may reduce the testicular blood flow due extrinsic vessels compression, mimicking a partial or even complete torsion, requiring drainage of the collection 8. Role of US in testicular and scrotal trauma. Algorithm of the likely diagnoses of a scrotal mass based on physical examination findings. Patients may be asymptomatic or may complain of a dull, dragging discomfort on the affected side.

During fetal development, the processus vaginalis testis forms as an extension of the peritoneum, descending into the scrotum and surrounding the testis.

The postoperative course of the patient was uneventful. Also, because of its wider field of view, MRI allows for the investigation of diseases with extension beyond the scrotum, such as scrotal fistulas 4 and cryptorchidism 6.

Clinically, it presents as a hardened mass or a little scrotal discomfort. The histopathologic examination contributed to the definitive diagnosis. A 56—year old veteran presented to the emergency room 4 days after he fell and struck his scrotum.


Idiopathic or spontaneous hematoceles give a history of neither trauma to the testis,nor pain in the organ and seems to be more common in elderly patients1,9. The vaginal process closure above the testis and below the inner inguinal ring leads to a less common type of hydrocele, that is also known as spermatic cord cyst, which is seen as a fluid collection along the cord Figure 5.

Testicular tumors are the most common malignant tumors encountered in men 25 to 35 years of age.

The strange case of a hematocele mistaken for a neoplastic scrotal mass

Radionuclide imaging is accurate in diagnosing testicular torsion but, because of the time delay involved, is not often employed. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Our study is limited as a case series and by its retrospective nature, however, due to the paucity of literature in this area we feel it will aid in the management strategy of these patients. Key features of the history include timing of onset, progression, trauma, aggravating and alleviating factors, pain, and genitourinary and systemic symptoms Table 1.

When cancer is suspected, the physician should explore surgically. Abstract An 86 year-old male consulted our department for examination of a huge left-sided scrotal mass which was focally painful.

Given that his scrotal exam was relatively benign and his pain could be controlled with oral narcotics, he was managed conservatively.


Although history and examination may suggest the diagnosis, testicular torsion can be reliably confirmed only hematicele color Doppler ultrasonography, which must be obtained immediately. It is more common in tall, thin men and usually occurs on the left side. In cases of chronic collections, findings of thickened walls and development of calculi may be added 7. Synonyms or Alternate Spellings: Grossly, the resected mass measured 22X16X8 cm in diameter and gr in weight.

Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrating the hydrocele behavior at different weightings, with low signal intensity on T1-weighted B as compared with high signal on T2-weighted image C and absence of enhancement on T1-weighted image after contrast agent injection D. Inguinal hernias often enlarge with the Hematocsle maneuver, hemqtocele can be reduced by the examiner unless the hernias are incarcerated. At US, hematocele has variable presentations, depending on the time following the trauma 9.


Macroscopically, the testis was almost swallowed by the mass, which had a necrotic-haemorrhagic appearance.

Bivalved testis showing non-viable semniferous tubules that were subsequently debrided. Imaging of the scrotum: Surgical options in the resticular of groin hernias. Hydrocele secondary to extratesticular leiomyoma. Inguinal hernias can also present at any age.

At MRI, hydroceles present the typical behavior of liquids, with homogeneously low signal on T1-and high signal on T2-weighted sequences Figure 3.

A clinical differential would be for a scrotal wall hematoma.

Evaluation of Scrotal Masses – – American Family Physician

Testicular torsion has an acute onset, often with no antecedent teticular the involved testis may be retracted and palpably rotated, and will be tender on examination. Additionally, it has the advantage of being rapidly testicukar which is imprescindible in cases of testicular emergencyis a low-cost method and does not emit ionizing radiation 3. Elevation of testis may aggravate pain; abnormal testicular lie; cremasteric reflex usually absent.

An year-old man presented with a left-sided scrotal mass which extended in the internal femoral region. Clinical and sonographic criteria of acute scrotum in children: The cremasteric reflex is usually absent, and elevation of the testes may aggravate the pain. In most cases, the condition presents spontaneous regression with conservative treatment 3but at a long term, conservatively approached and non-diagnosed voluminous hematoceles and testicular hematomas may result testiculaar infection, pain or atrophy 8.