African Journal of Paediatric Surgery (2016-01-01)

A case report of Cowper′s syringocele in an 18-months old infant at the Yaoundé Gynaeco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital

  • F F Mouafo Tambo,
  • C Kamadjou,
  • T Djeumi,
  • A S Nwaha Makon,
  • G Fossi,
  • C Le Coultre,
  • O G Andze,
  • M A Sosso,
  • P Y Mure

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 13, no. 3
pp. 152 – 154


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Syringocele or dilatation of the duct of the bulbo-urethral (Cowper′s) gland is usually of congenital origin but can be acquired. It is a very rare deformity, <10 cases have been reported in literature. The main objective is to describe an additional case of syringocele of Cowper′s glands and review the literature. An 18-month-old infant presented with a history of acute urinary retention 3 days after birth and a cystostomy was done. Voiding cystourethrogram was normal and cystourethroscopy showed a syringocele. Endoscopic incision was performed in our patient with satisfactory results. No complications were noted. Syringocele or cystic dilatation of Cowper′s gland duct usually has a congenital aetiology. Diagnosis is confirmed by endoscopy. Treatment is by marsupialisation in the urethra by endoscopy. Syringocele is a rare pathology usually congenital. It should be suspected in all case of lower urinary tract obstruction in children.