Cowper's syringocele: A classification of dilatations of Cowper's gland duct based upon clinical characteristics of 8 boys

Max Maizels, F. D. Stephens, L. R. King, C. F. Firlit

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Abstract

Lesions of Cowper's gland duct assume various appearances. A system to classify each of these appearances is offered to diagnose these lesions more precisely. The urethrographic and endoscopic characteristics of dilated Cowper's gland ducts noted in 8 boys are grouped as a simple classification. The dilated Cowper's duct is referred to as a syringocele (Greek syringo - tube plus cele - swelling). There are 4 groups of Cowper's syringoceles: 1) simple syringocele - a minimally dilated duct, 2) perforate syringocele - a bulbous duct that drains into the urethra via a patulous ostium and appears as a diverticulum, 3) imperforate syringocele - a bulbous duct that resembles a submucosal cyst and appears as a radiolucent mass, and 4) ruptured syringocele - the fragile membrane that remains in the urethra after a dilated duct ruptures. Marsupialization of the syringoceles cured urine infection and hematuria but voiding symptoms may persist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-114
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume129
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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