Archives of Trauma Research

: 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46--47

Spermatic cord hematoma in an adult patient with testicular trauma: Sonological appearances of a rare entity

Reddy Ravikanth 
 Department of Radiology, St. John's Hospital, Kattappana, Kerala, India

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Dr. Reddy Ravikanth
Department of Radiology, St. John's Hospital, Kattappana - 685 515, Kerala


Acute scrotal injuries with resultant testicular contusions, testicular torsion, testicular infarction, and testicular rupture have been well documented in the literature. Spermatic cord hematoma has been rarely reported, and this case report describes the sonological appearances of the above-mentioned entity in an 18-year-old male.

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Ravikanth R. Spermatic cord hematoma in an adult patient with testicular trauma: Sonological appearances of a rare entity.Arch Trauma Res 2021;10:46-47

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Acute scrotum secondary to testicular trauma constitutes many of the cases in urological emergencies. Spermatic cord hematoma is a rare occurrence which may lead to compromise in vascularity to the testis that might mandate surgical exploration. Timely detection of the entity on ultrasonography may help prevent complications, such as testicular infarction and testicular necrosis.

 Case Report

An 18-year-old male adult presented to the emergency department with complaints of pain and swelling in the right inguinoscrotal region for 5 days following injury by the ball while playing cricket. The patient gave no urinary complaints. Clinical examination revealed tenderness and swelling extending from the root of penis in the right inguinoscrotal region. There was no restriction in movement at the right hip joint. Subsequently, the patient was referred for ultrasonography. On high-resolution ultrasonography, right testis showed multiple patchy hypoechoic areas within the testicular parenchyma consistent with testicular contusions and a minimal reactive hydrocele [Figure 1]a. A hyperechoic area extending from the right internal inguinal orifice to the upper pole of the right testis was diagnosed as spermatic cord hematoma [Figure 1]b. Differential diagnosis that was considered was spermatic cord hematoma and strangulated inguinal hernia. However, in the above-described case, spermatic cord hematoma seemed more likely. The patient was referred to the department of general surgery for further management.{Figure 1}

The patient gave informed written consent to publish his case and clinical images.


Spermatic cord hematoma is a very rare entity which develops secondary to trauma or anticoagulant therapy and is a cause for acute scrotum.[1] A frequently associated finding with spermatic cord hematoma is a traumatic varicocele with rupture which develops after an increase in intra-abdominal pressure transmitted as varicocele in the setting of blunt injury to the abdomen.[2] A large spermatic cord hematoma may cause ipsilateral testicular ischemia, warranting urgent surgical exploration. Differential diagnosis for noncontact acute scrotal masses includes testicular hematoma, scrotal hematoma, epididymitis, testicular torsion, incarcerated inguinal hernia, and spermatic cord hematoma. Untreated testicular injuries may infrequently result in complications such as testicular rupture and necrosis.[3]


Radiologists and sonologists must be aware of the sonological appearance of this rare entity, which is a surgical emergency and requires prompt treatment. Delay in diagnosis of spermatic cord hematoma may lead to compromise in vascularity to the ipsilateral testis with resultant acute scrotum.


I wish to thank Mrs. Mani Sabbavarapu for her assistance in proofreading and native English editing of the manuscript.

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