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Watch Out for Tortured Testicles

By on February 6, 2014

Somewhere around adolescence, boys discover their ‘private parts’ and often bathrooms across America are ‘occupied.’ This is also a great time to talk about another health issue hitting young boys.

Testicular torsion is the twisting of the spermatic cord, which cuts off the blood supply to the testicle. It primarily happens mostly among young males (12-18) and is a surgical emergency requiring immediate intervention to restore the flow of blood.  Some men may be predisposed to testicular torsion as a result of inadequate connective tissue within the scrotum from birth.

Testicular torsion may also occur after strenuous exercise or may not have an obvious cause. Did you know cold weather conditions are a risk for Torsions? Any trauma (and extreme cold) can allow the testicle to rotate rather than attach itself to the inner lining of the scrotum. If this happens to you have 6 hours to get it corrected!

Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) if testicular torsion symptoms occur, they include:

  • Sudden severe pain in one testicle
  • Swelling within one side of the scrotum
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Abdominal stress (physical trauma)

Additional symptoms that may be related:

  • Testicle lump
  • Blood in the semen

If the condition is diagnosed quickly and immediately corrected, the testicle may continue to function properly.

After 6 hours of torsion (impaired blood flow), the likelihood the testicle will need to be removed increases.  And even with fewer than 6 hours of torsion, the testicle may lose its ability to function.



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