Bilateral spontaneous thrombosis of the pampiniform plexus; A rare etiology of acute scrotal pain: A case report and review of literature

  • Ktari Kamel
  • Sarhen Gassen
  • Mahjoub Mohamed
  • Ben Kalifa Bader
  • Klaii Rim
  • Karim Bouslam
  • Saidi Radhia
  • Jelled Anis
  • Saad Hamadi
Keywords: Thrombosis, Varicocele, Pain, Thrombophilia


Introduction: Acute testicular pain is frequent in urology. If torsion of the spermatic cord and orchiepididymites are usual, thrombosis of the pampiniform plexus is a very uncommon clinical entity. We present an unusual case and review the literature to explore potential etiologies and therapeutic strategies.
Observation: A rare case of bilateral thrombosis of the pampiniform plexus occurred in a 39 year-old male.The diagnosis was confirmed with doppler sonographie and Computer Tomography. Urethral infection and protein C deficiency were found as associated factors. The treatment was conservative with good result.
Conclusions: Anatomical factors are probably responsible for almost exclusive involvement of the left side. However, coagulation abnormalities and retroperitoneal tumors or absence of inferior vena cava must be sought especially in cases of right side or bilateral thrombosis of the pampiniform plexus. The management of pampiniform plexus thrombosis remains non surgical based on symptomatic treatment with good clinical and radiological evolution.


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