Testicular biopsy and occult tumor in acute lymphocytic leukemia

Barry R. Shepard, Terry W. Hensle, Charles C. Marboe

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Testicular biopsy has become a routine procedure before discontinuing chemotherapy in male children being treated for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Before a decision can be made to discontinue multiple drug therapy, all possible sites of occult tumor such as the testis, cerebrospinal fluid, and bone marrow must be sampled. Between December 1978 and November 1981, 25 male children underwent testicular biopsies after two or more years of combination chemotherapy at the Babies Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Only 3 of the 25 patients (12%) were found to have leukemic infiltrates on histologic sections. Two of 3 patients, however, were noted preoperatively to have either irregular testicular contours or testicular enlargement and induration. Occult testicular infiltration discovered after two or more years of chemotherapy is rare. Most children with a histologically positive biopsy result were at least suspected preoperatively to have testicular involvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1983
Externally publishedYes


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