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In another form, the congenital
hydrocele, the fluid is in the sac of the tunica
vaginalis, but this cavity communicates with the general peritoneal
cavity, its tubular process remaining pervious.
A third variety known as an infantile
hydrocele, occurs in those cases where the tubular
process becomes obliterated only at its upper part, at or near the
abdominal inguinal ring. It resembles the vaginal hydrocele, except as
regards its shape, the collection of fluid extending up the cord into the
Fourthly, the funicular process
may become obliterated both at the abdominal inguinal ring and above the
epididymis, leaving a central unobliterated portion, which may become
distended with fluid, giving rise to encysted
hydrocele of the cord.