Vas deferens endoscopy (vasoscopy): A new diagnostic tool?

Luca Carmignani, Emanuele Montanari, Franco Gadda, Giorgio Bozzini, Francesco Rocco, Giovanni Maria Colpi

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Abstract

Purpose: To assess whether an experimental endoscopic study of the vasa deferentia is feasible. Patients and Methods: Endoscopic study of the seminal tracts was carried out during three vasectomies performed prior to open prostatectomy. A flexible endoscope, 0.56 mm in diameter, with a depth of field of 5 mm and a 3000 fiberoptic light source was used for the procedure. Results: Endoscopy was possible for the inguinoscrotal segment of the vas deferens. The curvature at the opening of the internal inguinal ring proved impassable. Conclusions: Endoscopy of the vas deferens is possible with a 0.56-mm flexible endoscope, but because of the extreme curvature of the vas at the inguinal ring, the complete vas cannot be evaluated in an antegrade manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1188-1190
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Endourology
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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