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Bilateral Hydrocele of Canal of Nuck in Adult Females – A Case Report

PUBLISHED August 10, 2022 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2208p1854969)



Devi Shanker Malik1 , B.S. Dhakad1
  1. Eternal Hospital

Conference / event

79th Annual Conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, December 2019 (Bhubaneshwar, India)

Poster summary

Bilateral hydrocele of canal of Nuck in adult females is exceptionally rare. The canal of Nuck was first described by a Dutch Anatomist Anton Nuck in 1691. The canal of Nuck is the portion of processus vaginalis in the inguinal canal in women. This is homologous to the processus vaginalis of male anatomy and is also called as Female Hydrocele. Ultrasonography is the preferred investigation but magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has to be done to confirm the diagnosis preoperatively. The treatment remains the excision of hydrocele of the canal of Nuck which can be done both laparoscopically as well as by open surgical method. A case of bilateral hydrocele of the canal of Nuck in adult female is presented here which was treated by laparoscopic surgery with mesh repair just like in trans abdominal preperitoneal repair of inguinal hernia. The diagnosis was later confirmed by histopathology.


Hydrocele of canal of Nuck, Patent processus vaginalis, Canal of Nuck, Female hydrocele

Research areas

Medical Imaging, Medicine


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Data sharing not applicable to this poster as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study.
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Copyright © 2022 Malik et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Malik, D., Dhakad, B. Bilateral Hydrocele of Canal of Nuck in Adult Females – A Case Report [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2022 (poster).
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