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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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PASCUAL MATEO, Carlos et al. Cystic ectasia of the rete testis. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2006, vol.59, n.1, pp.55-58. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objectives: The cystic ectasia of the rete testis is a benign entity with a typical ultrasoundappearance as a collection of small hypoechoic structures in the confluence of the mediastinum testis. The clinical importance of these entity remains on doing an adequate differential diagnosis with testicular neoplasias with a cystic component. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the database of the Ultrasound Unit in the Department of Urology looking for patients with a diagnosis of cystic ectasia of the rete testis over a six-year period. Results: Three cases of cystic ectasia of the rete testis were diagnosed over the six-year period, in all theindication for ultrasound was testicular pain. Mean patient age was 62 years. No patient developed testicular tumor on follow-up. Conclusions: The knowledge of the ultrasoundcharacteristics found in the cystic ectasia of the rete testis helps to make a proper diagnosis of this benign entity without the need of indication of testicular biopsy.

Keywords : Cystic ectasia; Rete testis.

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