A twisted testicle, more accurately described as testicular torsion is a painful experience but the effects can be long lasting if medical treatment is not administered as quickly as possible. If may be possible to make a medical negligence claim.
Testicular torsion occurs when the spermatic cord twists cutting off the testicle's blood supply. This condition mainly affects teenagers but sometimes occurs up to the age of 30. The main symptom is rapid onset of pain in the testicle and swelling of the scrotum. It is important to seek urgent treatment because if the blood supply is cut off from the testicle for too long then the testicle may be permanently damaged.
Diagnosis can usually be made on the basis of the history of the symptoms and a physical examination. A Doppler scan can also assist in making the diagnosis. Surgery is required to untwist the testicle. The surgeon will also tether the testicle to the scrotum to prevent the risk of torsion occurring again. If treated within 6 hours there is a high chance of saving the testicle. If left for longer than 24 hours there is little chance of saving it.
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Case Report: Boy of 15 lost testicle
We acted on behalf of a 15 year old boy who lost a testicle as a result of a delay in diagnosis. Our client developed acute right sided abdominal and testicular pain. His parents contacted NHS Direct who advised them to take him to A & E. Following a brief examination an infection was diagnosed and he was prescribed antibiotics and discharged. Despite taking the antibiotics his symptoms persisted. He re-attended A & E 7 days later when the testicular torsion was diagnosed. Unfortunately by this stage it was too late and he had to undergo surgery to remove the testicle. Fortunately his fertility was not affected.
The NHS Trust admitted that if appropriate investigations had been performed then the condition would have been diagnosed on the first attendance at A & E. They accepted it was likely that with appropriate surgery the testicle would have been saved. Following this admission we were able to reach a negotiated settlement.