Arthrogryposis as a possible mechanism of scrotoschisis acquired in utero

A. Lais, P. Serventi, P. Caione, F. Ferro

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A congenital defect of the scrotal wall with consequent testicular exstrophy is an exceptional finding. The etiopathogenesis of this defect is debated. We report a newborn male with arthrogryposis who presented with an exstrophied testicle. The association of these two conditions seems to establish a cause-effect relationship mediated by mechanical factors, i.e., in utero compression of the scrotum by the feet. It is likely that a similar mechanism could also be advocated to explain the previous cases reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-606
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Surgery International
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1994


  • Arthrogryposis
  • Scrotum
  • Testis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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