Turkish Journal of Pathology

Türk Patoloji Dergisi

Turkish Journal of Pathology

Ankara Patoloji Bülteni Archive

2001, Vol 18, Num, 2     (Pages: 019-022)

Insidence, types of calcification in testicular carcinoma and the significance of microlithiasis

Fazilet Kayaselçuk1, Ayşe Polat2, İlhan Tuncer1 , Sezgin Güvel3

1Başkent Üniversitesi Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, ADANA
2Mersin Üniversitesi, Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, MERSİN
3Başkent Üniversitesi, Üroloji Anabilim Dalı, ADANA


Three different histological types of calcification may be identified in testicular carcinoma. Hematoxylin body type of calcification is specific for germ cell tumors. Ossification type of calcification is most common in teratomas. Laminated calcifications, on the other hand, have been described in association with a wide variety of clinical and pathological situations, for example; germ cell tumors, cryptorchid testes, normal peripubertal testes. In this study , a series of 25 testes with germ cell tumors were reviewed, including 9 seminomas and 16 mixed germ cell tumors. As a result, three types of calcification were identified. The association of the tumor types, the localization and spread of tumor in the tunica albuginea were evaluated.

Keywords : Kalsifikasyon, testis, germ hücreli tümör, mikrolityazis, Calcification, testis, germ cell tumors, microlithiasis