testicular microlithiasis


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testicular microlithiasis

the presence of tiny calcifications in the seminiferous tubules. In some cases this precedes development of a tumor.

testicular microlithiasis

Microlithiasis within the testicles. Although rarely identified during ultrasound examinations of the testes, this condition is clinically important, because it is often associated with testicular cancer.
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The researchers divided those 137 patients into two groups: those with classic testicular microlithiasis, defined as having five or more calcifications per image, and those with limited testicular microlithiasis, defined as having fewer than five calcifications per image.
They also randomly selected a group of 137 patients who did not have testicular microlithiasis to serve as a control group.
Lam reported that all eight patients had presented with classic testicular microlithiasis.
Subset analysis of 30 patients with limited testicular microlithiasis who did not have a testicular cancer at the time of first ultrasound revealed that none developed subsequent testicular malignancies during an average follow-up of 19 months.
The prevalence of testicular microlithiasis in an asymptomatic population of men 18 to 35 years old.
Bilateral testicular microlithiasis predicts the presence of the precursor of testicular germ cell tumors in subfertile men.