Could scrotoschisis mimic an iatrogenic injury? A case report

Urology. 2009 Apr;73(4):795-6. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2008.06.050. Epub 2009 Feb 10.


Scrotoschisis is a rare congenital defect of the scrotal sac associated with extrusion of one or both testicles. Only 9 cases have been reported in the literature. The exact mechanism causing this rare congenital defect is unknown. We describe a case of unilateral scrotoschisis in a 35-week preterm infant delivered by cesarean section. The defect was repaired under local anesthesia within a few hours after birth, with good healing noted on follow-up. Scrotoschisis in an infant after delivery by cesarean section has been reported only once before. Although a laceration of scrotum during cesarean section was considered, it seemed unlikely.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Congenital Abnormalities / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Scrotum / abnormalities*
  • Testis / abnormalities*
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis