Meconium granulomas of the tunica vaginalis
Meconium peritonitis results from perforation of the gastrointestinal tract during fetal life. Involvement of the tunica vaginalis may be the sole presenting clinical manifestation of the disease in the unusual event of the gut perforation resolving spontaneously. In such instances radiologically detectable calcification in the abdomen and scrotum is an essential diagnostic point. A case is described in which a baby had hydroceles and bilateral intrascrotal nodules but in which calcification was radiologically undetectable, presumably owing to its having undergone resolution. The typical histology of the nodules provided the diagnosis in this otherwise clinically undiagnostic case.