alexa A novel technique for repair of testicular rupture after blunt trauma


Medical & Surgical Urology

Author(s): Molokwu CN, Townell NH

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OBJECTIVE: To present a simple technique for the repair of a ruptured testis after blunt trauma when extruded but viable testicular tissue prevents closure of the testicular capsule during surgical exploration. Preservation of viable testicular tissue is important because the risk of impaired fertility and hormone function is minimized. METHODS: A 25-year-old male sustained a ruptured right testis confirmed by ultrasound. Testicular exploration was performed and hematoma evacuated. Extruded but viable testicular tissue was identified and preserved. The free edges of parietal tunica vaginalis was used to create a "neocapsule" around the testis and extruded tissue. RESULTS: There were no postoperative complications. Follow-up Doppler ultrasound scan at 3 months showed a viable testis with no atrophic changes. CONCLUSIONS: This technique avoids the loss of extruded but viable testicular tissue and may reduce the risk of impaired fertility and hormone function, without compromising the goals of scrotal exploration.

This article was published in Urology and referenced in Medical & Surgical Urology

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