Ipsilateral seminal emission generated by electrostimulation of the lumbar sympathetic nerve during nerve sparing laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for testicular cancer

Yasuhiro Kaiho, Haruo Nakagawa, Akihiro Ito, Makoto Satoh, Yoshihiro Ikeda, Seiichi Saito, Yoichi Arai

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Purpose: To confirm nerve preservation during laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection we perform electrostimulation of the lumbar sympathetic nerves relevant to ejaculation. In recent cases we monitored seminal emission using endoscopy of the posterior urethra to observe the response to stimulation. Materials and Methods: Six patients with testicular tumors underwent intraoperative stimulation of the lumbar sympathetic nerves during laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection with a unilateral modified template. A long handled pair of bipolar electrodes was inserted through a laparoscopic port, and ipsilateral and contralateral lumbar sympathetic nerves were individually electrostimulated. Ipsilateral stimulation was performed at the preserved lumbar splanchnic nerves and contralateral stimulation was performed at the union of nerve fibers derived from the lumbar splanchnic nerve just above the superior hypogastric plexus. The side of generated seminal emission was monitored simultaneously by endoscopy of the posterior urethra. Results: In all patients each electrostimulation generated unilateral seminal emission. Each stimulation of a lumbar splanchnic nerve, whether ipsilateral or contralateral, caused seminal emission only from the ejaculatory orifice of the stimulated side. Conclusions: Intraoperative electrostimulation of the lumbar sympathetic nerves generated only ipsilateral seminal emission. This suggests that some efferent sympathetic signals for emission might run ipsilaterally in humans.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)928-931
ページ数4
ジャーナルJournal of Urology
172
3
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2004 1 1

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  • 泌尿器学

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