BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - Prediction of varicocele behavior in an individual patient is still beyond our diagnostic capabilities. In some cases varicocele is a progressive condition that can ultimately lead to semen deterioration and consequent infertility. Current diagnostic tools do not provide accurate selection of progressive varicocele that will require definite surgical treatment.
In this paper we hypothesize that digital infrared thermography of the scrotum could be the cornerstone diagnostic procedure for detection of progressive varicocele as well as selection of patients who will require surgical treatment. Digital thermography of the scrotum is presented as a noninvasive diagnostic method. Recent studies suggested diagnostic criteria for this method. Thermography image analysis provides several typical patterns. To evaluate the hypothesis, we proposed comparison of sperm quality in patients with different thermography image patterns. Significant sperm quality deterioration is expected in patients with severe hyperthermia detected with digital thermography of the scrotum.
Tomislav Kulis, MD as part of Beyond the Abstract on UroToday.com. This initiative offers a method of publishing for the professional urology community. Authors are given an opportunity to expand on the circumstances, limitations etc... of their research by referencing the published abstract.
Department of Urology, University Hospital Center Zagreb, Kispaticeva 12, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia