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01.11.2010 | Review Article | Ausgabe 2/2010 Open Access

Critical Ultrasound Journal 2/2010

Acute scrotal ultrasound: a practical guide

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Critical Ultrasound Journal > Ausgabe 2/2010
Autoren:
Matthew T. Heller, Antonio Fargiano, Scott Rudzinski, Nathan Johnson

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to provide a practical review of common ultrasound (US) findings in patients presenting with acute scrotal pain.

Methods

We performed a literature search and reviewed numerous US cases archived in the radiology department of a large university hospital to find examples that illustrate the common US findings encountered in acute scrotal pain.

Results

We reviewed the literature and provided several practical examples of common US findings in patients presenting with acute scrotal pain.

Conclusion

Scrotal US plays a pivotal role in the evaluation of acute scrotal pain and allows proper triage of patients for conservative, medical, or surgical management due to its ability to rapidly differentiate intra versus extratesticular pathology, determine extent of trauma, and assess parenchymal perfusion.
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