Pediatric-adolescent andrology: Single centre experience
Introduction: Andrology is the medical specialty dealing with men’s health and reproductive system from birth to adulthood, including genital, hormonal, reproductive, sexual as well as psychological aspects; the aim of this study is to report our 10 year-experience
Material and methods: In September 2009, a Pediatric Andrology Outpatient Clinic was opened at the Authors’ Institution. The continuous request for access to the service, together with an increasingly helpful collaboration with local clinicians, has led to an increase in the number of treated patients. At the Clinic, visits are performed for both surgical and medical consultations by the multidisciplinary medical group for the treatment of conditions in the adolescent patient. All patients are followed every 3, 6 and 12 months when indicated. Patients with undescended testes were excluded because managed into a specific protocol. Also patients with syndrome or metabolic diseases are excluded from the analysis.
Results: During the study period, September 2009-September 2019, the following conditions were managed: varicocele - 1436 patients; gynecomastia - 18 patients; penile curvature - 89 patients; webbed penis - 132 patients; hypospadias-related diseases - 39 patients; erectile dysfunction - 14 patients; obesity and abnormal semen analysis - 47 patients. During the study period there was an increase for each category especially for medical reasons.
Conclusions: Pediatric-adolescent andrology clinics should count on the expertise of different skilled professionals to cope with an ever-increasing number of requests and to offer the timely management of conditions that until very recently were considered social taboos or caused concern only in adulthood like the erectile dysfunction. The evolution of our society, which also means evolution of the mass media, should go hand in hand with the development of Medicine, which needs to adjust to and prevent new healthcare issues.
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