The ROCC Analysis of Five Different Methods in the Diagnosis of Varicocele

  • Veljko Vlaisavljevič
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 286)


The optimistic results of surgical treatment of varicocele and publications on the role of subclinical varicocele in male infertility were the reasons for the study of different diagnostic methods of evaluation of this condition. For more than 15 years thermography is used routinely in the evaluation of circulatory disturbances in infertile patients who consulted our Reproductive Unit at the Department of Gynecology.


Semen Quality Pretest Probability Post Test Probability Receiver Operate Characteristic Curve Analysis Internal Spermatic Vein 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Comhaire, F., Monteyne, R. and Kunnen, M. 1976. The value of scrotal thermography as compared with selective retrograde venography of the internal spermatic vein for the diagnosis of “subclinical” varicocele.Fertil. Steril., 27: 694.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Comhaire, F. 1983. Varicocele infertility an enigma.Int. J. Androl., 6: 401.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Dubin, L. and Amelar, R.D. 1970. Varicocele size and results of varicocelectomy in selected subfertile men with varicocele.Fertil. Steril., 21: 606.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. McNeil, B.J. and Adelstein, S.J. 1976. Determining the value of diagnostic and screening tests.J. Nucl. Med., 17: 439.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Metz, C.E. 1978. Basic principles of ROC analysis.Semin. Nucl. Med., 8: 283.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Mieusset, R., Bujan, L., Mondinat, C., Mansat, A., Pontonnier, F. and Grandjean, H. 1987. Association of scrotal hyperthermia with impaired spermatogenesis in infertile men.Fertil. Steril., 48: 1006.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. Nahoum, C.R.D., De Almeida, A.S. and Flores, E. 1980. Scrotal scan in the diagnosis of varicocele.Fertil. Steril., 34: 287.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. Swets, J.A. 1979. ROC analysis applied to the evaluation of medical imaging techniques.Invest. Radiol., 14: 109.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Vlaisavljevič, V. 1983. Thermography in the evaluation of scrotal circulatory disturbances.Br. J. Sex Med., 95(10): 9.Google Scholar
  10. Vlaisavljevič, V. 1984a. Thermographic characteristics of the scrotum in the infertile male, in.: “Recent advances in the medical thermology”, pp. 415–420, ed. E.F.J. Ring and B. Phillips, Plenum Press, New York.Google Scholar
  11. Vlaisavljevič, V. 1984b. The influence of unpalpable circulatory disturbances on semen quality.Diab Croat. 13: 43.Google Scholar
  12. Vlaisavljevič, V. and Levstik, I. 1984. The diagnosis of scrotal circulatory disturbances by contact thermography (slov),Zdrav Vestn, 53: 443.Google Scholar
  13. Vlaisavljevič, V. 1985. The value of scrotal angioscintigraphy in detection of varicocele (croat).Lijec Vjestn, 107: 511.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Veljko Vlaisavljevič
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gynecology, Reproductive UnitHospital MariborYugoslavia

Personalised recommendations