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Scrotal Thermography in the Evaluation of Surgical Outcome after Varicocele Repair: a Case Report

Karlović, Krešimir; Kuliš, Tomislav; Lukić, Ivana; Kolarić, Darko; Milas, Ivan; Miškić, Blaženka; Antonini, Svetlana; Kaštelan, Željko (2022) Scrotal Thermography in the Evaluation of Surgical Outcome after Varicocele Repair: a Case Report. Acta clinica Croatica, 61 (2). pp. 359-363. ISSN 1333-9451

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Scrotal thermography is a diagnostic method for varicocele. In short, there are five diagnostic thermographic criteria for varicocele, i.e., pattern of scrotal thermographic image indicative of varicocele, temperature at pampiniform plexus ≥34 C°, temperature difference between left and right pampiniform plexus ≥0.5 C°, enhancement of image during Valsalva maneuver, and temperature at pampiniform plexus ≥ temperature at ipsilateral thigh. Three or more positive signs are indicative of varicocele. The aim of this report is to present the use of digital thermography as a diagnostic method to evaluate the outcome of varicocele repair. We present a case of a student diagnosed with varicocele grade III, and assessed preoperatively and followed up postoperatively by scrotal thermography. According to thermographic indicators, our patient was positive for varicocele diagnosis before surgical treatment. Three months after varicocele repair, the patient did not show positive thermographic indicators of varicocele while physical examination and color Doppler ultrasound were equivocal. This case report suggests that infrared digital thermography of scrotum could be very valuable for monitoring patients in the period after surgery for varicocele, however, it should be confirmed in a larger number of patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Varicocele; Infertility; Infrared thermography; Scrotal temperature; Varicocele repair
Divisions: Center for Informatics and Computing
Depositing User: Lorena Palameta
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2023 15:02
DOI: 10.20471/acc.2022.61.02.24

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