Fetal hydrocoele

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

A fetal hydrocoele refers to an hydrocoele present in utero.

Epidemiology

They may be sonographically identified in ~ 15% of male fetuses in the third trimester 6.

Pathology

Often result from a patent processus vaginalis. They are more frequently unilateral. 

Associations

Radiographic features

Antenatal ultrasound

May be seen as an anechoic cresenteric anechoic region around the fetal testis.

Fetal MRI

May be seen as a T2 hyper intense fluid layer around the fetal scrotum 6.

Treatment and prognosis

Most cases are transient and resolve at birth.

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Article information

rID: 13966
Section: Pathology
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fetal hydrocele
  • Fetal scrotal hydrocele

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