SARS-CoV-2-Associated Obliterative Arteritis Causing Massive Testicular Infarction

Clin Pract. 2021 May 6;11(2):246-249. doi: 10.3390/clinpract11020037.


A 26-year-old man with symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection developed a sudden-onset acute testicular pain. The echo-doppler images showed massive testicular infarction, so orchiectomy was performed. On gross examination, the surgical specimen showed complete testicular necrosis and diffuse thickening of the testicular coverings. Under the microscope, a severe obliterative arteritis was evidenced. SARS-CoV-2 spike antibody was detected by immunohistochemistry in the arterial endothelium. Electron microscopy displayed intracytoplasmic spiky viral particles in endothelial cells. The patient was treated with corticoids and was asymptomatic at last contact.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; arteritis; pathology; testicular infarction.

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