ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
Shear Wave Sonoelastography Findings of Testicles in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Who Undergo Hemodialysis
1 Department of Radiology, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey  
2 Department of Nephrology, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2017; 49: 12-15
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2017.16173
Key Words: Elastography, hemodialysis, renal failure, testis, ultrasonography
Abstract

Objective: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is known to cause significant deterioration in the function of the testicles and sexual dysfunction in male patients who undergo hemodialysis. The aim of this study was to show the changes in the testicles that occur as a result of hypogonadism secondary to CKD and to analyze the elasticity of the parenchyma by shear wave sonoelastography.

 

Materials and Methods: In our study we included 28 male patients who undergo dialysis three times per week and 25 healthy volunteers. Firstly, B-mode ultrasonographic evaluation was performed in both testicles for structural analysis and to detect the presence of focal lesions. Afterward, the stiffness of the parenchyma was measured in kilopascals by shear wave sonoelastography.

 

Results: The CKD group had lower right, left, and mean testicular volumes (p<0.001). The CKD group also displayed greater right, left, and mean testicular parenchymal stiffness (p<0.001).

 

 

Conclusion: CKD patients who undergo hemodialysis demonstrated significant changes in testicular size and stiffness in comparison to healthy volunteers.

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