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May 30, 1885

SPONTANEOUS RUPTURE OF HYDROCELE.

JAMA. 1885;IV(22):615. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390970027007

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Abstract

Ed. Journal of the American Medical Association:

Dear Sir  —Tom K. called upon me with quite a large bi-lateral hydrocele—equally as large as any that I had ever seen. I removed the fluid from one side in the usual manner, afterward using the compound tinct. of iodine, which restored the condition of the sac to its normal calibre. I had intended to operate upon the other during the following week, but Tom failed to come to my office until after the accident, which happened while at work in one of our theatres. He says that he heard the gurgling splash, at the same time noticing an immediate collapse of the scrotal sac, yet no flow of fluid externally visible. He suffered from considerable soreness for several days subsequent to the rupture, and upon his reporting to me I found the condition of that scrotal sac undergoing the constitutional phenomena identically

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