Testis and epididymis

Author: Turki Al-Hussain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 30 November 2018, last major update August 2012

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PubMed Search: Testotoxicosis

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Definition / general
  • Form of male sexual precocity with active Leydig cell differentiation and premature onset of spermatogenesis without pituitary gonadotropin stimulation (Arch Pathol Lab Med 1985;109:990)
  • Due to apparent inherited intratesticular defect
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Leydig cells appear fully differentiated
  • No Reinke crystals
  • Germ cells at all stages of spermatogenesis present but with disordered maturation
  • Structural abnormalities in spermatids