Table 2

Scrotal skin temperature and intratesticular temperature of normal men, men with various gonadal pathologies, and boys with cryptorchidism from the literature compared to data from our study (data from left testes, shown as mean (SD)).

Reference n Temperature
(°C), left side
Patient characteristics Methods
Zorgniotti, McLeod 197329 3533.6 (0.6)nlWater bath thermometer
5034.2 (0.5)VC
Kurz, Goldstein 198619 3031.4 (1.8)OB/VC/Thermistor (intratesticular)
3032.2 (1.8)SCOsurface thermometer (paired data)
Mieusset,et al 198942 6434.6 (0.5)nlMercury thermometer
Lerchl,et al 199324 634.6 (0.7)nlThermoport, 24 hour profile,
4835.6 (0.7)VC1 minute intervals
Mieusset,et al 199323 2833.2 (1.2)DTThermoprobe, intraoperatively
2834.4 (0.9)CT(paired data, children)
Munkelwitz, Gilbert 199812 5133.8 (0.8)subfertileElectronic digital thermometer
4633.6 (1.1)(boxer shortsv brief style underwear)
This study (n = 48)
neonates1435.7 (0.4)nl/CThermoport, 24 hour profile,
36.4 (0.2)nl/P30 second intervals
34.9 (0.6)nl/C(cotton nappiesv disposable plastic lined nappies, paired data)
36.0 (0.4)nl/P
infants2234.7 (0.5)nl/C
toddlers1235.7 (0.4)nl/P
  • nl = normal probands, VC = varicocele (left testis), OB = obstruction of vas deferens, SCO = Sertoli-cell-only syndrome, CT = cryptorchid testis, DT = descended testis, C = cotton nappies, P = disposable plastic lined napkins.