Encysted Hydrocele of Canal of Nuck: A Case Report With Review of Literature

  • Kimberly Janssen
  • Denise Klinkner

Abstract

The canal of Nuck is analogous to a patent processus vaginalis in a male, which normally loses its communication to the peritoneal cavity within the first year of life. Failure of obliteration of this tract can result in a hydrocele. We present a rare case of a 3-year-old girl with right-sided groin swelling over a year, diagnosed as hydrocele of canal of Nuck. Patient underwent surgical exploration and excision of hydrocele. This entity should be considered in young females presenting with an inguinal swelling.

Keywords: Canal of Nuck, hydrocele, processus vaginalis

Journal of Surgical Technique and Case Report | Jul-Dec 2011 | Vol-3 | Issue-2

Author Biographies

Kimberly Janssen
Department of Surgery, Cardinal Glennon Children Hospital, Division of ediatric Surgery, School of Medicine, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, USA
Denise Klinkner
Department of Surgery, Cardinal Glennon Children Hospital, Division of ediatric Surgery, School of Medicine, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, USA
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