Evaluation of the decision-making process in the conservative approach to small testicular masses
Urologia 2017; 84(2): 83 - 87
Article Type: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
AuthorsAndrea Benelli, Virginia Varca, Lorenzo Derchi, Andrea Gregori, Giorgio Carmignani, Alchiede Simonato
We evaluate the clinical outcome of patients treated with conservative approach for small testicular masses (STMs). We analyzed the steps who brought to the selection of the therapeutic approach: starting from clinical presentation, through imaging and lab studies.
We considered 18 patients who underwent an organ-sparing approach for STMs from 2005 until 2014. The selection criteria were dimension of the mass and absence of clinical, laboratory and/or radiological malignancy suspicion. Preoperative scrotal ultrasound (US) was carried out in all the patients by the same radiologist. The postoperative fertility profile was evaluated in patients younger than 40 years.
We performed 13 enucleations, one partial orchiectomy (PO) and four active surveillances. During surgery, a frozen section examination (FSE) was always requested and no discrepancies were noted between its results and the definitive histology. Only one seminomatous tumor was identified, while the remaining masses were four necrosis, four epidermoid cysts, three Leydig tumors, one Sertoli tumor and one chronic orchitis. After a mean follow-up of 41.6 ± 24.7 months, all the patients resulted free of disease and hypogonadism and five of them reached the fatherhood after surgery.
The clinical and instrumental evaluation consented an accurate selection of patients eligible for the organ-preserving approach. We believe that testis-sparing surgery leads good functional and aesthetic results in patients with benign lesions; it is a safe option for STMs with a reliable pathologist performing FSE and is an important goal in young patients with fatherhood desire.
- • Accepted on 03/02/2017
- • Available online on 15/03/2017
- • Published in print on 28/04/2017
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- Benelli, Andrea [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1, * Corresponding Author (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Varca, Virginia [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Derchi, Lorenzo [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 2
- Gregori, Andrea [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Carmignani, Giorgio [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 3
- Simonato, Alchiede [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 3
Department of Urology, ASST Rohdense, G. Salvini Hospital, Garbagnate Milanese, Milan - Italy
Department of Radiology, San Martino Hospital, University of Genova, Genova - Italy
Department of Urology “L. Giuliani”, San Martino Hospital, University of Genova, Genova - Italy