Quiste epidermoide del testículo: Presentación de un caso

Cristina Amalia Real Teruel, Sebastiano Marchetti, Carlo Sali, Maurizio Ruggieri, David Vicine

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OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of epidermoid cyst of the testis, a rare lesion that warrants surgical exploration to confirm the diagnosis since its echo patterns are characteristic but not pathognomonic. METHODS / RESULTS: 10 years earlier the patient had noticed an asymptomatic swelling of the right testis which did not cause infertility since he had two children over the last 6 years. Tumor markers AFP, BHCG and LDH fell within the normal ranges. Ultrasound evaluation with a high resolution 7.5 Mhz transducer revealed a 4 × 3.5 × 3.2 cm testicular mass surrounded by atrophic parenchyma. The patient underwent radical inguinal orchidectomy. CONCLUSIONS: Epidermoid cyst is the benign variety of testicular teratoma. Two different forms exist: simple and mixed. Malignant components are present in the latter form. If the simple form is identified before substitution of the testicular parenchyma occurs, testis sparing surgery is justified; otherwise radical orchidectomy with inguinal exploration is indicated.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)827-828
Number of pages2
JournalArchivos Espanoles de Urologia
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Epidermoid cyst of testis
  • Teratoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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