A surgical method to preserve testicular function and restore cosmetic appearance in hypogonadal men

F. Ferro, P. Borrelli, M. C. Lucchetti

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Abstract

Purpose: Maintenance of spermatogenesis in hypogonadotropic hypogonadal patients is possible and is an objective to be actively pursued. Gonadotropin releasing hormone and gonadotropin/testosterone therapy can develop and maintain sex characteristics and spermatogenesis such that even small gonads should be preserved. An empty scrotum, like any other congenital or acquired condition compromising the size of the genitalia, can produce serious psychosexual problems and have an extremely negative effect on normal social life. Materials and Methods: In 2 adolescents affected by Kallmann's syndrome with testes of infantile volume 1 gonad was transferred to the contralateral hemiscrotum and replaced by an adult testicular prosthesis. Results: There were no postoperative complications. The cosmetic results were considered satisfactory by the patients and their parents. Conclusions: When possible and when there is no risk of physiological repercussions, every effort should be made to normalize the appearance of the genital area for strong psychological reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2368-2370
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume171
Issue number6 I
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

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Gonads
Spermatogenesis
Cosmetics
Kallmann Syndrome
Genitalia
Gonadotropins
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
Sex Characteristics
Prostheses and Implants
Testosterone
Testis
Parents
Maintenance
Psychology
Therapeutics
Anorchia

Keywords

  • Hypogonadism
  • Kallmann syndrome
  • Surgery

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  • Urology

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A surgical method to preserve testicular function and restore cosmetic appearance in hypogonadal men. / Ferro, F.; Borrelli, P.; Lucchetti, M. C.

In: Journal of Urology, Vol. 171, No. 6 I, 06.2004, p. 2368-2370.

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Ferro, F. ; Borrelli, P. ; Lucchetti, M. C. / A surgical method to preserve testicular function and restore cosmetic appearance in hypogonadal men. In: Journal of Urology. 2004 ; Vol. 171, No. 6 I. pp. 2368-2370.
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