Acute Scrotal Edema

Source:  Acute Scrotal Edema    Tag:  wilhelm conrad roentgen
Differential considerations for acute scrotal edema include:
  • Infection: Epididymitis is more common. Fournier gangrene is the most concerning.
  • Torsion: Testicular torsion (more common in adolescents) or torsion of the testicular appendages (higher incidence in prepubertal patients).
  • Hemorrhage: Trauma, tumor
  • Acute idiopathic scrotal edema: Self-limiting acute scrotal edema and erythema that resolves without sequelae in 1 to 3 days. More often bilateral. Wall thickening and hypervascularity of the scrotal wall on transverse scans resembles a fountain (see transverse color image of both testes above).
  • Systemic disease: Dependent position of scrotum favors collection of fluid.


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