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Association of epididymal anomalies with patent processus vaginalis in hernia, hydrocele and cryptorchidism.
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PMID:  8911389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: We performed a prospective study to assess the relationship between epididymal anomalies and patency of the processus vaginalis in boys presenting with hernia, hydrocele or cryptorchidism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The degree of patency of the processus vaginalis (closed, partially closed or open) and morphology of the ipsilateral epididymis were recorded in 159 consecutive inguinal explorations. RESULTS: A closed, partially closed and open processus vaginalis was associated with an abnormal epididymis in 14, 36 and 69% of cases, respectively. Epididymal anomalies were more frequent in association with undescended (72%) than descended (34%) testes. CONCLUSIONS: These data confirm the observation of a higher incidence of epididymal anomalies associated with patency of the processus vaginalis irrespective of testicular position, and they support the theory that androgenic stimulation may be required for closure of the processus vaginalis as well as epididymal development.
J S Barthold; J F Redman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of urology     Volume:  156     ISSN:  0022-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Urol.     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-16     Completed Date:  1996-12-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376374     Medline TA:  J Urol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2054-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Urology, Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abnormalities, Multiple* / epidemiology
Child, Preschool
Cryptorchidism / complications*,  epidemiology
Epididymis / abnormalities*
Hernia, Inguinal / complications*,  epidemiology
Peritoneum / abnormalities*
Prospective Studies
Testicular Hydrocele / complications*,  epidemiology

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