Advances in andrology moving quickly into practiceMay 15th 2005
It often takes years before medical advances make their way from the laboratory bench to the physician's office. Such is not the case in andrology. In many instances, the cutting edge will be of clinical relevance very soon for urologists who treat male infertility, according to Craig S. Niederberger, chief of andrology at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Depression, anxiety common in men with pelvic painMay 1st 2005
Istanbul, Turkey--Chronic prostatitis appears to be significantly associated with psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and panic, according to the results of a German study. The study also found that pelvic pain symptoms are far less prevalent than expected (3.2%), while the mean age of afflicted men was significantly higher than noted in previous trials (60.6 years).
TUMT shows durable results in chronic prostatitisMay 1st 2005
Istanbul, Turkey--Transurethral microwave thermotherapy of the prostate offers a 50% improvement in pain in up to two-thirds of patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, which is comparable to other treatment modalities, according to researcher Christof Kastner, MD, PhD. The therapy also appears to promise good durability 2 years post-procedure.
Biofeedback physical therapy improves CPPS symptomsMay 1st 2005
Istanbul, Turkey--Biofeedback physical therapy and pelvic floor re-education appear to offer symptomatic improvement in men with chronic pelvic pain syndrome type III, Dutch researchers say. The techniques appear to work by improving relaxation and demonstrating proper use of pelvic floor muscles.
Look for vulvodynia in patients with IC, pelvic painFebruary 1st 2005
Oak Brook, IL--Patients with interstitial cystitis may also have vulvodynia, another pelvic pain syndrome that isn't well understood and can be difficult to treat. But research is beginning to tease out the sources of pain, and therapies aimed at treating neuropathic pain seem to offer the most effective approach to treatment today.
Testicular cancer treatment impairs semen qualityJanuary 1st 2005
Philadelphia--Treatment for testicular cancer caused the rates of severe oligozoospermia and azoospermia to rise from 7% to 27% and 0% to 12%, respectively, in a study that suggests a need for sperm banking in men treated for the disease.
Transient patency is a problem after vasovasostomyJanuary 1st 2005
Philadelphia--Even after vasovasostomy success, there is a chance that transient patency the "shutting down" of viable sperm production may occur, say researchers from the University of Alabama, Medical College of Wisconsin, and University of Iowa.
Guidelines advise on thrombotic events in urologyJanuary 1st 2005
Toronto--Although few published studies exist on the prevention of thromboembolic disorders in urologic surgery, the risk of such disorders appears to be similar to that seen in other major surgical procedures.Therefore, urologists should concentrate on identifying patients at sufficient risk to warrant routine thromboprophylaxis, said the co-author of a new set of antithrombotic guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians.
Frozen, fresh sperm show similar fertilization ratesJanuary 1st 2005
Philadelphia--A new study shows that fertilization rates with cryopreserved sperm are not inferior to those with "fresh" sperm, although it will be several more years before researchers can determine whether the rates are equal in nature.
Sperm concentration, motility decrease as men ageDecember 1st 2004
Caxias do Sul, Brazil--Men over the age of 40 years may have lower semen quality, but not necessarily lower sperm morphology. That's an important fact to remember when evaluating these men for infertility, suggests a study by Brazilian researchers.
Definition of interstitial cystitis still controversialDecember 1st 2004
Interstitial cystitis is not an uncommon condition, yet researchers continue in their struggle to define it and reach consensus on appropriate diagnostic criteria. In part one of this two-part Urology Times interview, Christopher K. Payne, MD, discusses the current controversy over the definition of IC and his approach to diagnosis.