A one-stop clinic for men with testicular anxiety

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Testicular lumps and orchalgia both cause considerable anxiety, usually related to concerns about possible cancer.

PATIENTS AND METHODS

We established a rapid-access testicular clinic staffed by a urologist and a specialist ultrasonographer in order to delay the time to a definitive diagnosis.

RESULTS

Over a 30-month period, 845 men underwent clinical examination and scrotal ultrasonography. Overall, 4% of men were found to have testicular cancer. The majority of men were found to have normal testes or minor abnormalities and could be re-assured.

CONCLUSIONS

This one-stop clinic reduces the time to a definitive diagnosis which may reduce anxiety suffered by men with testicular complaints and allows rapid identification of those harbouring a testicular malignancy.

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