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Scrotoscopy with a novel percutaneous endoscopy equipment to treat chronic idiopathic testicular pain: a single-center, prospective, clinical trial

Su, XJ1; Wang, XH1; Lei, JH1

1: Department of Urology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, China

Objective Management of chronic idiopathic testicular pain may be difficult because of problems identifying the causes. We evaluated “AUTOKLAV”, a novel endourological nephrolithotomy device to diagnose and treat chronic idiopathic testicular pain.

Methods IWe divided 103 patients with chronic idiopathic testicular pain to either Scrotoscopy Group (SG, n = 64) or Open Exploration Group (OEG, n = 39) between September 2014 and March 2017 at Zhongnan Hospital. Perioperative information, like operating time, length of incision, wound infections were carefully recorded during in hospital. Follow-up data like pain scores improvement, satisfaction with penis appearance and adverse event, were collected at one month postoperatively.

Results Finally, both the operating time and length of incision showed better performance for SG (43.6 ± 4.7 vs 51.5 ± 9.0 min; 0.7 ± 0.2 vs 4.1 ± 0.8 cm; both P <0.01). Though the pain improvement had no significant differences between the two groups (2.92 ± 0.99 and 2.14 ± 1.02, p>0.05), SG showed obvious advantages in incidence of wound infections and satisfaction with wound/scrotum appearance (0% vs 2.9%; 96.4% vs 85.3%, both P<0.05).

Conclusions In conclusion, our experience with scrotoscopy confirms that performing this procedure using the novel AUTOKLAV device is feasible, has an acceptable complication rate, and can be effective and safe in men with idiopathic chronic testicular pain. Etiologically, secondary inflammatory changes caused by the complete or incomplete torsion of testicular or epididymis appendices, or by the existence of stones in the tunica sac might be responsible for the pain.


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