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Scrotal swellings in the under 5s.
  1. D Wilson-Storey

    Abstract

    Scrotal swelling is a common cause of referral to the paediatric surgical services in Edinburgh, constituting 12% of total admissions. Of these, 2818 (65%) were in boys under the age of 5 years, with a wide variety, including inguinal hernias, hydroceles, testicular torsion, tumours, and some interesting but uncommon conditions. A retrospective study was performed over a 12 year period to assess the incidence, aetiology, mode of presentation, disease, and management of scrotal swellings in boys under 5. Although most of the causes of these swellings were easily elucidated from a history and clinical examination, it was apparent that a high level of suspicion was also necessary to ensure that more serious problems did not go undetected.

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