Testicular Pain Following Vasectomy: Review A Review of Postvasectomy Pain Syndrome

Testicular Pain Following Vasectomy: Review A Review of Postvasectomy Pain Syndrome

CHRISTIANSEN, C. G., & SANDLOW, J. I. (2003). Testicular Pain Following Vasectomy: Review A Review of Postvasectomy Pain Syndrome. Journal of Andrology, Vol 24, No 3. May/June 2003, 24(3), 293–298. Retrieved from http://www.andrologyjournal.org/cgi/content/full/24/3/293

On the Shapiro and Silber study in 1979: “Unfortunately, long-term follow-up was not part of the study; however, the authors interpreted the results to conclude that sperm granulomas are entirely benign and their formation should be encouraged through the use of open- ended vasectomy to reduce the risk of PVPS. Another study by Moss (1992) helped confirm Shapiro and Silber’s conclusions. In this study, rates of PVPS were compared in 3081 patients with closed-ended vasectomy and 3139 patients with open-ended vasectomy. This study demonstrated that 6% of the patients with closed-ended vasectomy developed PVPS, whereas only 2% of patients with open-ended vasectomy did.”

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