On the proteins of hydrocele fluid

Charles L. Witte, Marlys H. Witte, George W. Drach, Cooley Butler

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In 26 patients with "uncomplicated" scrotal hydroceles, the electrolyte and protein composition of hydrocele fluid was determined and compared with that of blood sera. The findings suggest that hydrocele fluid derives from plasma by capillary filtration rather than by secretion from the tunica vaginalis. When hydrocele fluid contains less than 25 mg. per milliliter of protein, it probably develops secondary to impaired lymphatic drainage, whereas when this fluid contains more than 10 mg. per milliliter of protein, it may develop from heightened capillary filtration secondary to venous congestion in the cord.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-352
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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