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Scrotal Pearl - Cystic Fibrosis

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Anatomy: Genitourinary
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Vascular
Created: over 9 years ago
Updated: over 7 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: CR US
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Teenager with cystic fibrosis and abdominal pain, rule out distal intestinal obstruction.

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Scrotal Pearls


CR – No radiographic evidence of obstruction. Incidental finding of scrotal calcifications.

US – Color Doppler image confirms calcification. 3D volume rendered image shows the relationship of one of the calcifications to the testicle.


Genitourinary abnormalities are common in in males with cystic fibrosis. Abnormal glycoprotein secretions lead to obstruction. As a result, scrotal appendages are prone to enlargement and subsequent torsion. Appendage torsion is the usual etiology scrotal pearls. Other observations in patients with cystic fibrosis include duct atrophy and eventual azoospermia, testicular microlithiasis and testicular atrophy. These observations are more common with pancreatic insufficiency.


Blau H, Freud E, Mussaffi H, et al. Urogenital abnormalities in male children with cystic fibrosis. Arch Dis Child (2002);87:135-138.

Dogra VS, Gottlieb RH, Oka M, et al. Sonography of the Scrotum. Radiology (2003); 227, 18-36.


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