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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 348-349
Testicular microlithiasis (a rare condition)

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Bapna P K, Khare R C. Testicular microlithiasis (a rare condition). Indian J Radiol Imaging 2003;13:348-9

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A thirty year old male was referred to us for a routine ultrasound of the scrotum for infertility. There was no history of any trauma, chronic illness, diabetes or hypertension.

On ultrasound evaluation done with 7.5 MHz micro convex probe both the testes were normal in size, shape and revealed multiple 1-3 mm sized echogenic non shadowing calcific foci without shadowing. There was no evidence of any mass in either testis. Both the epidydemis were normal. There was no evidence of any hernia, hydrocele or varicocele.

Testicular microlithiasis is very rare condition in which calcifications are seen in the seminiferous tubules. This condition may be associated with Klinefelter's Syndrome, male pseudohermaphroditism, testicular tumors, non malignant lesions of chest and abdomen, infertility/subfertility, varicocele, epidydemitis, trauma, undescended testes and even trauma. [2].

Unilateral calcifications may be associated with inflammatory, granulomatous or vascular calcifications.

The classical appearances of the condition are the non shadowing nature of these calcific foci with more than five foci in either testis. Doppler findings are insignificant.[1]

Unilateral microlithiasis has been commonly reported, but bilateral case reports without any other significant findings in the epidydemis, presence of varicocele, testicular mass lesions or other significant history have not been reported in significant number. By the year 1991 only six cases had been reported. [3].

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1.Ramazan, Ahmet Sigirci "Effects of testicular microlithiasis on Doppler parameters three cases".   Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Dl Janzen, JR mathieson "Testicular microlithiasis" AJR Vol-158,1057-1060 year 1992.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Carol. M. Rumack "Diagnostic ultrasound" Vol-1 page 579 year 1991  Back to cited text no. 3    

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