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March 1922

THE RADICAL CURE OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE SEMINAL TRACT: I. BRIEF SURVEY OF THE LITERATURE

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE
From the Brady Urological Institute and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1922;4(2):334-419. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1922.01110110080005
Abstract

In a paper which I presented three years ago ("Presentation of a Radical Operation for Tuberculosis of the Seminal Tract"), I discussed at some length the operative treatment of genital tuberculosis. I referred to the fact that beginning with the first seminal vesiculectomy by Ullmann in 1889 reports of thirty-two cases were to be found in the literature during the next twelve years; but the results which were obtained by the various technics employed were so unsuccessful that I was forced to the conclusion that the radical operation for tuberculosis of seminal vesicles should be abandoned. A further review of the literature showed that the testicle was rarely involved, except late in the disease, and that epididymectomy gave as radical results as castration. Von Bügner's plan of injecting the vas with glycerin containing iodoform was approved; but his plan of forcible evulsion of the vas was shown to be bad

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