Testicular ischemia after inguinal hernia repair

C. Dellabianca, M. Bonardi, S. Alessi

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Testicular ischemia is a rare complication of inguinal hernia repair. It results from the injury to the vessels that course along the inguinal canal. Typically it is painful at the beginning and asymptomatic later. Ultrasonographic appearance and aspects of testicular ischemia result in diffusely hypoechoic and disomogeneous testis, with complete lack of intratesticular vascular signal on color-Doppler and cremasteric vessels hypertrophy in chronic cases. This report describes a testicular ischemia seen in a patient referred to because of hernia recurrence, without any sign or symptom of acute scrotum. Ultrasound examination showed the most frequent complications after inguinal hernia repair: both hernia recurrence and testicular ischemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-207
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Ultrasound
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Color-Doppler
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Testicular ischemia
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Internal Medicine


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