The only known method of effecting a certain, absolute and permanent cure of a hydrocele, is to bring about the complete obliteration of the cavity of the tunica vaginalis.1
The methods usually employed by surgeons at the present time for the radical cure of hydrocele, are the injection method and the method by open incision. The treatment by injection fails in some cases, from the fact, no doubt, of its being improperly or poorly done. Again, it often fails in cases of very large hydrocele, and invariably in cases in which there is much thickening of the tunic, thereby preventing perfect collapse of the same.
Treatment by iodin injection is usually painful, and is attended with intense swelling and tenderness of the scrotum. Three to five days must be spent in bed, and three or four weeks are often necessary for perfect recovery.
Injection of carbolic acid is, in
HAWLEY DC. THE RADICAL CURE OF HYDROCELE. JAMA. 1895;XXV(1):16–17. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430270016002b
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