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PURPOSE We assessed whether subclinical varicocele ligation improves fertility and/or semen parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 85 patients with a subclinical varicocele diagnosed by scrotal thermography presented with infertility. Patients were randomly assigned to groups 1 (high ligation of the internal spermatic vein) and 2 (followed without(More)
The long-term results of endoureterotomy using a holmium laser in cases of benign ureteral stricture, uretero-pelvic junction obstruction (UPJ-O) and ureteroenteric stricture were evaluated. Twenty procedures were carried out in 18 patients. Strictures were incised with a holmium laser using a fiber passed through the ureteroscope. Sixteen of the 20(More)
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is now widely accepted as a useful tumor marker for the diagnosis and follow-up of prostatic cancer. An elevated level of PSA has been asserted to be highly specific for prostate cancer, although patients with large benign prostate glands and those with bacterial prostatitis may also have slightly elevated levels. We measured(More)
Renal angiomyolipoma is a benign, nonaggressive hamartoma which rarely invades the vascular system. A case of angiomyolipoma of the right kidney with extension into the inferior vena cava, detected by ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT scanning), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is presented. This tumor was found incidentally in a 31-year-old(More)
Because the treatment of a varicocele in adolescents remains controversial, we undertook a prospective study in 51 male adolescents, aged 15-21 years, who were referred for a varicocele. Twenty-nine patients were treated with high retroperitoneal ligation of the left spermatic vein, and 22 were untreated. Eighteen healthy adolescent volunteers without a(More)
Although varicocelectomy is generally believed to improve semen quality and the hamster egg penetration assay, these parameters do not correlate well with in vitro fertilization (IVF) success. The effect of varicocelectomy on IVF of human oocytes was examined on thirteen couples with normal female fertility, but severe oligozoospermia and the presence(More)
We evaluated the sperm recovery rate in non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) patients presenting with bilateral testicular atrophy characterized by testes volume of less than 10ml and FSH levels exceeding 20 mIU/ml (group NOA-1), and compared the results to those NOA cases displaying unilateral testis volume exceeding 10 ml or FSH levels less than 20 mIU/ml(More)
Sparfloxacin (SPFX), a new oral quinolone antimicrobial, was studied for the bacterial response, pharmacokinetics and clinical efficacy in the treatment of bacterial prostatitis. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values for 48 strains isolated from expressed prostatic secretion were measured. The values for 8 out of 12 strains of S. epidermidis(More)
Direct transrectal infiltration of the prostate with antibiotics was performed in 25 selected patients with refractory chronic prostatitis, and sequential samples of urine and prostatic secretion were studied at 3-monthly intervals thereafter. The criterion for cure of chronic bacterial prostatitis was persistently sterile cultures of urine and prostatic(More)