Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Testis: cryptorchidectomy - flank

Contributor(s): Stephen Adams, Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • Unilateral cryptorchids can be left and used for breeding but as the condition is hereditary this should be actively discouraged and castration of both testicles recommended   Testis: cryptorchidism  .
  • Bilateral cases should be castrated as hormonal and surgical treatments to effect descent are unethical and often unsuccessful.

Uses

Advantages

  • Can be conducted in standing animal.

Disadvantages

  • Allows removal of only abdominal testicles.
  • Considered more invasive than inguinal/parainguinal and may   →   increased post-operative complications.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Good.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Shumacher J (1992)Cryptorchid Castration.In:Equine Surgery. Ed: Auer J A. W B Saunders, Philadelphia.


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