Acta Vet. Brno 2015, 84: 167-171

Emergency laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy for acute abdomen due to testicular torsion in a dog

Michal Crha1, Bart Van Goethem2, Milan Dvořák1, Alois Nečas1

1University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinic, Czech Republic
2Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Clinical Biology, Merelbeke, Belgium

Received December 5, 2014
Accepted February 25, 2015

A 7-year-old male Siberian husky was presented with signs of acute abdomen. Based on the history and diagnostic imaging findings, torsion of an undescended abdominal testis was presumed. Emergency exploratory laparoscopy was performed and confirmed spermatic cord torsion in a non-neoplastic testis. The testis was enlarged and local peritonitis was evident. Laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy was performed and the dog recovered uneventfully. Histopathology confirmed thrombosis and necrosis. Laparoscopy is not only the method of choice for elective cryptorchidectomy, but can also be used in patients with acute abdomen from testicular torsion of an undescended testis.


Laparoscopic instruments were supported by IGA VFU Brno (44/2013/FVL).


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