Urology and Andrology

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Bilateral Pubo-Penile Ectopic Testis: A Case Report

Saint C. N. Kouka*, Yoro Diallo, Mahamat A. M. Amine, Mohamed Jalloh, Daniel Yonga, Cheikh Diop, Ramatoulaye Ly and Sylla Cheikhna

Saint C. N. Kouka, MD

Assistant Professor, Departement of Urology, Université de Thiès, Thies, Senegal; Tel. 221776526437; E-mail: saintkouka@yahoo.fr


Testicular ectopia (ectopic testis) is an aberrant migration of testis and so the testis is not found in the normal route of testicular descent into the scrotum. The testis therefore deviates from its usual path of descent.1 The diagnosis is essentially clinical and the treatment is orchidopexy in Dartos.


A two-year-old boy was referred by his parents to the clinic for the management of bilateral absence of testis in the scrotum. Physical examination revealed a bilateral emptiness of the scrotum and a palpable mass corresponding to the ectopic testes in the pubopenile region bilaterally (Figure 1). His general examination was normal. No additional diagnostic investigations were performed to confirm the diagnosis. At operation, the testes were approached by a supra-pubic skin-crease incision. During the surgical exploration, testes were found to be attached to the spermatic cord and otherwise normal (Figure 2). Bilateral orchidopexy with the testes transposed to bilateral pouches in the dartos muscle of the scrotum was performed without difficulty (Figure 2). Post-operative recovery was uneventful. The child was doing well on subsequent follow-up.

Figure 1. Physical Examination and Surgical Exploration Revealed Emptiness of Scrotal Content and a Palpable Two Ovoid Swellings Localized to the Pubic Region

Bilateral emptiness of the scrotum

Figure 2. Orchidopexy in Dartos

Orchidopexy in Dartos


An ectopic testis (testicular ectopia) is a rare congenital anomaly with an incidence of 1.5%.2,3,4,5,6 Several clinical forms have been reported based on anatomical position2,7,8:

  • Position of the ectopic testis is at the superficial inguinal pouch
  • Pubic type (position of the ectopic testis may be found at the root of the penis)
  • Penile type (at penis)
  • Perineal type (position of the ectopic testis may be found at the perineum)
  • Femoral type (position of the ectopic testis is at the upper and at the medial part of the femoral triangle).

The etiopathogenesis of testicular ectopia is controversial.1,8 The gubernaculum testis and testosterone are reported to be involved in the normal positioning of the testis.3,4 According to Hutson et al,5 gubernaculum testis weakness and an anomaly of the genito-femoral nerve could be the cause of aberrant migration and the occurrence of certain testicular ectopic positions. The genito-femoral nerve has a significant role as a tractor and guide of the gubernaculum.9 For some authors. Kaufma 1,6 The Pubo-penile ectopic testis may be due to a mechanical obstruction at the level of the scrotum leading deviation of the testis towards a zone of less resistance. The case we report could possibly be due to this.

The diagnosis of pubic testicular ectopia is essentially based on physical examination and should be done at birth. For some authors, an ultrasound scan can be performed to confirm the diagnosis and aid localization. Doppler-associated ultrasound can demonstrate testicular vascularization.4 In some cases, as recommended by Pugach et al,10 pre-operative laparoscopies may be useful for diagnosis. Treatment is surgical10 taking great care to avoid the risk of microtrauma and torsion so as to reduce the risk of ischemia and later fertility disorders. Some authors recommend performing orchidopexy as soon as possible before the age of one year.10,11,12 However, delayed management is often reported. 1,6,7,10

The long-term prognosis for pubo-penile ectopic testis is excellent because of the discretion of histological lesions. Hutcheson, on the other hand, in a comparative study, did not find a significant difference between the histological lesions observed in ectopic testis and cryptorchid testes.9


Pubo-penile ectopic testis is rare. The diagnosis is based on physical examination. Orchidopexy should be performed at the earliest possible opportunity.


The authors have received written informed consent from the patient.


The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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