Patent processus vaginalis: a window to the abdomen

Afr J Paediatr Surg. Jul-Dec 2009;6(2):116-7. doi: 10.4103/0189-6725.54778.


A patent processus vaginalis (PPV) allows a communication between the peritoneum and scrotum. Hydrocoele is the usual presentation of a PPV in children. However, with intraabdominal pathology the patent PPV may provide the first clue to the mischief within the abdomen. We present here two unusual cases associated with a PPV and migration of intraabdominal contents from the abdomen to the scrotum.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Congenital Abnormalities*
  • Humans
  • Inguinal Canal / abnormalities*
  • Male
  • Peritoneum / abnormalities*
  • Testicular Hydrocele / etiology*