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Testicular Torsion

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  • Testicular torsion occurs when a testicle gets twisted around, cutting off its blood supply.  The patient with this condition usually has severe pain in the testicle.
  • This is an emergency situation and requires immediate attention at the hospital.  Risks may include injury to the testicle and dead tissue in the testicle.  Infection of the damaged tissue can also occur.  In children, torsion usually occurs in boys under 6 years of age.

  • Usually severe testicular pain that begins suddenly.
  • The testicle is swollen and very tender.
  • The pain often travels along the inside of the thigh in spasms.
  • Urine tests are often normal, without any evidence of an infection.
  • This problem usually occurs in young, healthy boys up to 20 years of age.
  • Examination by the doctor may show that the affected testicle is higher up than normal.

  • The disease is caused when the testicle gets twisted, cutting off the blood supply to the affected testicle.

  • The diagnosis is usually suggested by the symptoms.
  • Ultrasound of the testicles may help in making the diagnosis.

  • This is an emergency and the patient needs immediate medical attention.
  • Usually, a surgeon or urologist is called in to see the patient and decide the best treatment (surgical exploration or orchiectomy)
  • Delaying getting medical care can cause serious complications.
  • Do not delay.  Go to the emergency room immediately.
  • Examination of the opposite testicle is also necessary.

  • Call your doctor and take your child to the emergency room.

  • Torsion of the appendix testis (this small appendage on top of each testicle can also become twisted).
  • Epididymitis




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