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Korean J Pediatr 2012 April;55(4) :143-146.
Published online 2012 April 16.        doi:
Two cases of female hydrocele of the canal of nuck
Yu Mi Choi (Choi YM)1, Gyu Min Lee (Lee GM)1, Jung Bin Yi (Yi JB)1, Kyung Lim Yoon (Yoon KL)1, Kye Shik Shim (Shim KS)1, Chong Woo Bae (Bae CW)1, Sung Il Choi (Choi SI)2, Hyun Cheol Kim (Kim HC)3
1Departments of Pediatrics Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Seoul, Korea
2Departments of Surgery Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Seoul, Korea
3Departments of Radiology Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Kyung Lim Yoon ,Tel: +82-2-440-6132, Fax: +82-2-440-7175, Email:
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The processus vaginalis within the inguinal canal forms the canal of Nuck, which is a homolog of the processus vaginalis in women. Incomplete obliteration of the processus vaginalis causes indirect inguinal hernia or hydrocele of the canal of Nuck, a very rare condition in women. Here, we report 2 cases of hydrocele of the canal of Nuck that were diagnosed with ultrasonography in both cases and magnetic resonance imaging in 1 case to confirm the sonographic diagnosis. High ligation and hydrocelectomy were conducted in both patients. In 1 patient, 14 months later, the occurrence of contralateral inguinal hernia was suspected, but did not require surgery. The other patient had a history of surgery for left inguinal hernia 11 months before the occurrence of right hydrocele of the canal of Nuck. In both cases, the occurrence of an inguinal hernia on the contralateral side was noted.
Keywords: Hydrocele | Canal of Nuck | Ultrasonography | Magnetic resonance imaging | Inguinal hernia
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