[Cases of Leydig cell tumor in male infertility].

Abstract

1745 patients at the Department of Urology of Tenon Hospital (Paris, France) from 1990 to 2006 and at the department of urology of Tbilisi State Medical University (Georgia) during last several months have been examined and counseled on male infertility. Leydig cell tumor was found in 4 patients, among them 3 by palpation and testicle echography, fourth patient (at the age of 33) with bilateral varicocele (III stage at the left, II stage at the right) was more interesting for us. Leydig cell tumor was found out at the scrotum exploration. Oligoteratozoospermia (OATS) has been distinguished from his spermogram. Microsurgical bilateral correction of varicocele and scrotum exploration, and double-sided double biopsy of testicle have been carried out. During examination of the left testis the hardly palpable node has been found out in the lower pole. We became compelled to make enlarged incision of tunica alba of the testicle lower pole. After that it was found out the solid, well encapsulated and yellow-brown node (8 mm in diameter). The node enucleation away from tumor by 0.5 cm has been carried out. Exact histological investigation confirmed the presence of Leydig cell tumor. In 6 years after surgical operation the tumor node 1.8 mm in diameter has been found out in right (contra lateral) testis. The patient was urgently operated, ex-tempo investigation confirmed the presence of Leydig cell tumor in right testicle--high orchidectomy at the right has been carried out. Now, patient has not any symptoms of disease during 3.5 years of observation. Given case shows that the enucleation of Leydig cell tumor proves to be equivalent alternative of orchidectomy, which is suggested by many authors. Taking into account the presence of encapsulation and tumor benignity it is important to have opportunity of the testicle preservation due to infertility problems. However, this tactics must be carried out under strong observation due to the opportunity of relapse even in several days after surgical operation.

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