Testicular torsion in young boys and teen boys occurs when the testicles are not completely attached in the scrotum. This lets the testicles move more freely and twist. Torsion may happen during physical activity.
Testicular torsion in a baby happens when the sac around the testicles doesn’t attach to the scrotum.
The severity of the symptoms depends on whether the testicle is partly or fully twisted. Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. The scrotum may be:
Your child may also have nausea and vomiting.
Testicular torsion is a surgical emergency. If you suspect that your son has testicular torsion, he should be taken to an emergency department right away for evaluation.
The symptoms of testicular torsion can seem like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or healthcare provider, or is seen in the emergency department, for a diagnosis.
Testicular torsion usually needs to be treated right away. The more severe the torsion, the more quickly treatment is needed. In some cases, the torsion may be untwisted by hand. But surgery is still needed to keep the testicle in place so torsion can’t occur again. To reduce the risk of long-term problems, surgery should be done within 6 hours of symptoms. Surgery can also help stop torsion from happening again.
Talk with your child’s healthcare providers about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects of all treatments.
Testicular torsion is a medical emergency. If you think that your son has testicular torsion, he should be taken to an emergency department right away for evaluation.
After surgery, call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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