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Abnormalities Of The Testis And Scrotum Ahmed Al-Sayyad. Embryology. Testicular differentiation is initiated in the 7th week of gestation by the SRY gene At 4 to 6 weeks’ gestation, the genital ridges organize. This is followed by migration of primordial germ cells

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  • Testicular differentiation is initiated in the 7th week of gestation by the SRY gene
  • At 4 to 6 weeks’ gestation, the genital ridges organize. This is followed by migration of primordial germ cells
  • At 7 to 8 weeks’ both sertoli and leydig cells have developed
  • During the 8th week, the fetal testis begins to secrete testosterone and MIS independent of pituitary hormonal regulation
  • MIS is secreted by the Sertoli cells and causes degeneration of the müllerian structures after the 8th week of gestation
  • The gubernaculum appears at the 7th week of embryologic development where its cranial aspect envelops the cauda epididymis and lower pole of the testis and extends caudally into the inguinal canal, where it maintains a firm attachment
  • 3% of full-term male newborns and 30.3% incidence in premature infants
  • More prevalent among preterm, small-for-gestational-age, low-birth-weight, and twin neonates
  • Approximately 70% to 77% of cryptorchid testes will spontaneously descend by 3 months of age
  • By 1 year of age, the incidence of cryptorchidism declines to about 1% and remains constant throughout adulthood
descent factors
Descent Factors
  • Hormonal: androgens,MIS,estrogen,descendin
  • Gubernaculum
  • GFN and CGRP
  • Epididymis
  • Intra-abdominal pressure
  • Undescended
  • Ascended
  • Gliding
  • Retractile
  • Ectopic
nonpalpable testis
Nonpalpable testis
  • Intra-abdominal
  • Vanishing
  • Atrophic
  • Missed on examination
  • Bilateral nonpalpable work-up
consequences of cryptorchidism
Consequences of Cryptorchidism
  • Infertility
  • Neoplasia
  • Hernia
  • Torsion
  • Trauma
  • Cosmetic
work up
  • Maternal history including the use of gestational steroids, Perinatal history, including documentation of a scrotal examination at birth,PMH,PSH,FH
  • Examine in a warm room,supine,squatting etc
  • Look for genital abnormalities,scrotal size,contralateral hypertrophy
  • Hormones
  • US
  • CT
  • MRI
  • Laparoscopy
hormonal therapy
Hormonal Therapy
  • HCG or GnRH can be used
  • The lower the pretreatment position the better the results
  • Self limiting side effects
  • Overall success rate < 20%
  • Limited indications if any
surgical intervention
Surgical Intervention
  • When
  • Inguinal orchiopexy
  • Laparoscopic orchiopexy
  • Fowler-Stephens orchiopexy
  • Staged orchiopexy
  • Microvascular autotransplantation
  • Normally, the processus vaginalis is obliterated from the internal inguinal ring to the upper scrotum, leaving a small potential space in the scrotum that partially surrounds the testis
  • Embryologic misadventures may occur and results in (hydrocele, hydrocele of the cord, and communicating hydrocele).
simple hydrocele
Simple Hydrocele
  • Simple (scrotal) hydrocele is an accumulation of fluid within the tunica vaginalis
  • Results from persistence of or delayed closure of the processus vaginalis
  • Commonly seen at birth, frequently bilateral, may be quite large. They transilluminate and may seem quite tense but not painful
  • Most resolve during the first 2 years of life
  • If surgical repair is elected, an inguinal approach should be used
communicating hydrocele
Communicating Hydrocele
  • Persistence of the processus vaginalis which allows peritoneal fluid to communicate with the scrotum
  • The classic description is that of a hydrocele that changes in size
  • It can be compressible during examination
  • All should be fixed using an inguinal approach
  • Do it bilateral if patient got VP shunt or on peritoneal dialysis
hydrocele of the cord
Hydrocele of the cord
  • Segmental closure of the processus, which leaves a loculated hydrocele of the cord
  • Presents as a painless groin mass which is mobile and transilluminates
  • Inguinal exploration and high ligation is curative
differential diagnosis
Differential Diagnosis
  • Torsion testis
  • Torsion appendix testis
  • Torsion appendix epididymis
  • Epididymo-orchitis
  • Hernia
  • Trauma
  • Vasculitis
  • Dermatological
testicular torsion
Testicular Torsion
  • True surgical emergency of the highest order
  • Irreversible ischemic injury may begin as soon as 4 hours after occlusion of the cord
  • Intravaginal torsion, result from lack of normal fixation of the testis and epididymis to the fascial and muscular coverings that surround the cord
  • This creates an abnormally mobile testis that hangs freely within the tunical space (a "bell-clapper deformity")
testicular torsion1
Testicular Torsion
  • Happens in any age but most commonly in prepubertal males
  • Presentation: Pain,N\V,Poor appetite,previous episodes
  • Examination:Swelling,Tenderness,High riding,transverse orientation,Loss of cremasteric reflex
testicular torsion2
Testicular Torsion
  • Doppler US may help in the diagnosis
  • Manual detorsion may be attempted in ER
  • Scrotal exploration is mandatory
  • Detorte the affected testis and pex the other side while waiting for the testis to pink up
  • If the testis is still alive pex it , if not do an orchiectomy
intermittent torsion
Intermittent Torsion
  • Recurrent episodes of acute, self-limited scrotal pain
  • Normal physical examination will be found in-between
  • If the suspicion is strong , elective scrotal exploration and bilateral orchiopexy should be performed
prenatal testicular torsion
Prenatal testicular torsion
  • Extravaginal torsion
  • Presents at birth as a hard,nontender testis fixed to the scrotal skin which is usually discolored
  • Doppler US may help in the diagnosis
  • Management is controversial: observation Vs exploration
torsion appendix testis
Torsion Appendix Testis
  • presentation is extremely variable, from an insidious onset of scrotal discomfort to an acute presentation identical to torsion testis
  • Exam:Tenderness or mass in the upper pole,Blue dot sign,cremasteric reflex usually present
  • Doppler US may help in diagnosis
  • Management:conservative,pain meds,limit activity
  • Rare in pediatrics
  • Presentation:pain,swelling,erethyma,LUTS,fever,

urethral discharge,STDs

  • Investigations:pyuria, bacteriuria, positive urine culture, increased flow on doppler
  • IV Abx given if systematically ill then oral for total of 10-14 days
  • Screening US usually indicated
  • ? VCUG
  • Dilated and tortuous veins of the pampiniform plexus
  • Found in approximately 15% of male adolescents, with a marked left-sided predominance
  • Etiology:increased venous pressure in the left renal vein, incompetent valves of the internal spermatic vein
  • Unilateral varicocele may affect testicular function bilaterally
  • Toxic effect of varicocele may manifest as testicular growth failure, semen abnormalities, Leydig cell dysfunction, and histologic changes
  • Possible mechanisms:reflux of adrenal metabolites, hyperthermia, hypoxia, local testicular hormonal imbalance, and intratesticular hyperperfusion injury
  • Presentation:asymptomatic,pain,scrotal mass,infertility,atrophy
  • Grading on physical examination
  • Obtain scrotal US
  • Treat if there is loss of volume (> 2 mls or > 20%)
treatment alternatives
Treatment Alternatives
  • Inguinal Ligation and Subinguinal Ligation
  • Retroperitoneal and Laparoscopic Ligation
  • Transvenous Occlusion
  • Complications:hydrocele,recurrence,testicular atrophy