Scrotal extraperitoneal hernia of the ureter: case report and literature review

Urol Int. 2001;66(3):166-8. doi: 10.1159/000056601.


Ureteral herniation is a rare, often misdiagnosed event and serious surgical complications are possible. Until 1992, 128 cases of ureteral herniation were reported and in 54 (42%) the inguino-scrotal region was involved. From an anatomical and pathogenic standpoint, two types of uretero-inguinal hernias can be identified: paraperitoneal (more frequent, acquired, always presenting a peritoneal hernia sac, frequently associated with other herniated abdominal structures) and extraperitoneal (very uncommon, congenital, never associated with a true peritoneal sac, always composed only of the ureter). We describe a new case of scrotal extraperitoneal ureteral hernia and review the current urological, surgical and radiological literature to analyze the main clinical characteristics of this pathology and its ideal treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Hernia, Inguinal / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scrotum
  • Ureteral Diseases / diagnosis*