Transrectal Sonography and the Seminal Vesicles

Gail Smith, Cesar Ercole, John C. Hulbert, Wilfrido R. Castañeda-Zuñiga, Janis Gissel Letourneau

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Transrectal sonography is a relatively new modality for imaging the seminal vesicles. With high-resolution instrumentation, this technique provides a less invasive and more detailed means of viewing the seminal vesicles than is possible with seminal vesiculography, computed tomography (CT), transabdominal sonography, or magnetic resonance imaging. Although experience with transrectal sonography of the seminal vesicles is somewhat limited, normal and abnormal features are being defined with respect to size, symmetry, and sonographic pattern. Included in this paper are the preliminary results of our experience with sonography-guided diagnostic aspiration and therapeutic injection of seminal vesicles in patients with intractable chronic prostatitis and suspected seminal vesiculitis. The ultimate role of these diagnostic and therapeutic procedures is yet to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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