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Urol Int. 1987;42(4):241-7.

Testicular tumors: presentation and role of diagnostic delay.

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  • 1Freie Universit√§t Berlin, Urologische Klinik und Poliklinik im Universit√§tsklinimum Steglitz.


180 patients with testicular germ cell tumors were evaluated in a retrospective study concerning the features of presentation and diagnostic delay. Mean duration of symptoms was 170 days, being different for seminoma and nonseminoma, and showing a continuous decrease since 1969. Duration of symptoms was longest in stage I seminoma. In the nonseminoma group the longest interval was observed in stage III. It is concluded that only in nonseminoma a prolonged delay exerts adverse effects on prognosis. Short delay (cryosperm conservation) does not seem to cause any harm. A plea is made for periodic testicular self-examination.

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