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Transverse testicular ectopia: two rare adult cases and a review of literature
  1. Milap Shah1,
  2. Aviansh Odugoudar1,
  3. Arun Chawla1 and
  4. Zeeshan BM Hameed2
  1. 1Department of Urology and Renal Transplant, Kasturba Hospital Manipal, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Urology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aviansh Odugoudar; draviii86{at}


The first case is a 45-year-old man who presented with complaints of right-sided indirect hernia. On examination the left hemiscrotum was empty. Open hernioplasty and mesh fixation with orchiopexy of both testes were done in the same hemiscrotum, followed by MRI for further evaluation. The second case is a 26-year-old man who presented with penoscrotal hypospadias and empty left hemiscrotum, with the left testis not palpable in the scrotum or the inguinal region. MRI, karyotyping and laparoscopic orchidectomy were performed, followed by endocrinology work-up. From our experience, preoperative diagnosis with ultrasonography and/or MRI prior to diagnostic laproscopy is benifical when there is a strong suspicion of mullerian duct remnants. In other cases, diagnostic laparoscopy can be useful in diagnosis and management. Placement of both testes in the same hemiscrotum can be considered safe, although not ideal. Also, in cases with partial gonadal dysgenesis, laparoscopic orchidectomy along with excision of the mullerian remnantsis a better approach than orchiopexy.

  • urological surgery
  • sexual and gender disorders
  • endocrine system
  • urinary and genital tract disorders
  • surgery
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  • Contributors MS collected patient information and cowrote the manuscript. AO cowrote the manuscript. AC and ZBMH supervised the writing and helped with the final revision of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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