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Scrotal meconium pseudocysts: meconium periorchitis as a rare cause of postnatal acute scrotum
  1. Guido Marzocchi1,
  2. Giulia Lassandro1,
  3. Stefano Giusto Picchi2 and
  4. Francesco Monteduro3
  1. 1Emergency Radiology, IRCCS Policlinico Sant'Orsola Malpighi, Bologna, Italy
  2. 2Radiology Department, Ospedale Santa Maria delle Croci, Ravenna, Italy
  3. 3Radiology Department, IRCCS Policlinico Sant'Orsola Malpighi, Bologna, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Guido Marzocchi; guido.marzocchi{at}


A 10-day-old newborn was taken to the paediatric emergency room due to scrotal swelling. Physical examination showed scrotal enlargement and palpable intrascrotal hard formations. Laboratory blood tests revealed no significant alterations. Testicular ultrasonography showed thickened and hypoechoic scrotal walls and bilateral intrascrotal isoechoic nodules with small internal calcifications. An abdominal X-ray confirmed evidence of bilateral scrotal microcalcifications and small calcifications in the left hypochondrium. Urgent laparotomy performed for scrotal exploration verified the presence of nodular formations on the vaginal tunic of both testicles; the nodules were removed. Bilateral orchidopexy was performed in the same surgical session. When dealing with an acute scrotum in a newborn both emergency radiologists and clinicians should consider the possibility of scrotal meconium pseudocyst as a rare but possible cause of periorchitis.

  • emergency medicine
  • radiology

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  • Contributors GM: substantial contributions to the conception and design of the work, revision. GL: writing of the first draft. SGP: data collection, critical revision. FM: final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.