Laparoscopic Surgery Of The Seminal Vesicles

Robert B. Nadler and Scott E. Eggener

Department of Urology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

INTRODUCTION

SURGICAL TECHNIQUE

ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY, AND FUNCTION

Preoperative Considerations

INDICATIONS

Patient Positioning

Cysts

Operative Technique

Stones

SUMMARY

Masses

REFERENCES

IMAGING

Primary pathology of the seminal vesicle is quite rare. With current imaging modalities such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, the seminal vesicles are being visualized more frequently and with better precision. As a result, more men are being diagnosed with abnormalities of the seminal vesicle, such as cysts or stones. Even when recognized, most are incidental findings not requiring treatment.

The blood supply enters at the tip of the seminal vesicle and is usually from the vesiculodeferential artery, a branch of the superior vesical artery. Occasionally, there may also be branches from the inferior vesical artery.

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