Testicular microlithiasis: The importance of self-examination
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2011 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 50, Issue 10, pages E102–E105, October 2014
How to Cite
Price, N. R., Charlton, A., Simango, I. and Smith, G. H. (2014), Testicular microlithiasis: The importance of self-examination. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50: E102–E105. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02021.x
- Issue published online: 6 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2011
- Accepted for publication 3 October 2010.
- germ cell tumour of testis;
- testicular microlithiasis;
- testicular self-examination
Aim: To explore the issue of appropriate management of testicular microlithiasis. We report the third ever case of tumour arising from a testis previously known to have microlithiasis in childhood and review the literature to provide an evidence-based approach to management of testicular microlithiasis.
Methods: Case report and review of previous literature.
Results and Conclusions: Although there is a strong association between testicular microlithiasis and testicular malignancy at diagnosis, there are only three reported cases of subsequent tumour development in childhood. Testicular microlithiasis is an increasingly recognised entity. There is insufficient evidence in the current literature to support any regime of clinical surveillance. Self-examination is the most important factor in the early detection of testicular malignancy.