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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 249-251

Buerger's disease presenting as a testicular mass: A rare presentation of an uncommon disease

Department of Urology, Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Jay A Roberts
Department of Urology, Redcliffe Hospital, Anzac Avenue, Redcliff e QLD 4021, Queensland
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.179238

PMID: 27141205

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Thromboangiitis obliterans is an uncommon nonatherosclerotic segmental inflammatory disease that predominantly affects the small and medium-sized arteries and veins of the distal extremities. It was first described in 1879 and is also known as Buerger's disease. Buerger's usually begins with ischemia of small vessels producing digital infarcts and may progress to more proximal arteries and veins, producing claudication of the feet, legs, hands, or arms. Tobacco smoking is essential to the initiation and the progression of disease and it typically occurs in males under the age of 45 years. Although Buerger's most commonly affects the arms, hands, legs, and feet, it has also been reported in other vascular beds including cerebral, coronary, renal, mesenteric, and pulmonary arteries. There are also a small number of cases involving the male genitalia. To our knowledge, there has only been one English case of Buerger's involving the testis, published in 1940. Here, we present a new case of Buerger's presenting as a testicular mass in a 17-year-old cannabis smoker.

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