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Open Access Research in Anatomy

Spermatic Cord Cyst Presenting as an Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia: An Unusual Case and Literature Review

Submission: March 09, 2018; Published: March 16, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/OARA.2018.01.000521

ISSN: 2577-1922
Volume1 Issue5


Inguinal cord cysts are a rare finding, comprising less than 1% of inguinal hernia dissections. These cysts are anatomically unique and distinct from cord lipomas and hydroceles. They are most commonly benign masses that contain atypical tissue and clinically present as incarcerated hernias. A patient was taken to surgery for repair of suspected incarcerated inguinal hernia and found to have no hernia but a cystic mass on the spermatic cord. Final histopathological diagnosis was pseudocyst. The patient recovered well with resolution of pain confirmed at his postoperative follow up. An inguinal cord cyst is a rare and surprising finding during routine inguinal hernia surgery. The pain and inability to reduce these masses make them easily confused with incarcerated hernias. When encountered, they should be completely removed if possible to prevent continued hyperplasia and promote relief of discomfort.

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