Transurethral resection of ejaculatory ducts: a step-by-step guide

Luís Felipe Sávio, Joseph Palmer, Nachiketh Soodana Prakash, Raul I Clavijo, Desmond Adamu, Ranjith Ramasamy

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Objective To demonstrate the key components for completing a successful transurethral resection of ejaculatory ducts (TURED) for completely obstructed ejaculatory ducts (EDs). Design Video presentation. Setting University Hospital. Patient(s) A 40-year-old man presenting with primary infertility and abnormal semen analysis (pH 6.4, volume of 0.7 cc, concentration 16 million/cc, and 7% motility) in whom a transrectal ultrasonography revealed dilated seminal vesicles measuring more than 1.5 cm and seminal vesicle aspiration detected no sperm in the aspirate. Intervention(s) Transurethral resection of ejaculatory ducts. Main Outcome Measure(s) Intraoperative technique with commentary highlighting tips for a successful TURED. Result(s) This video provides a step-by-step guide for TURED, including transrectal ultrasonography-guided seminal vesicle puncture for instillation of methylene blue to allow more precise identification of EDs. Vesiculography was performed near the end of the procedure to assess for patency of EDs and confirm both sides had been opened. (Institutional review board approval was obtained for this presentation.) Conclusion(s) The key portions for performing a successful TURED includes seminal vesicle instillation of methylene blue for easier identification of EDs. Vesiculography is performed near the end of the procedure to ensure both EDs have been opened as well as to assess for passive drainage of the seminal vesicles through the newly open EDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e20
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Ejaculatory duct
  • infertility
  • seminal vesicle
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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