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Don’t ignore a bit of ball ache – testicular torsion

Testicular torsion is a very painful condition which has a sudden onset. The blood supply to the testicles is cut off, as a result of the testicle twisting, often caused by strenuous exercise. Testicular torsion primarily affects adolescent boys and infants.

Failure by your GP or a health professional at your local hospital to recognise sever scrotal pain and thereafter refer for immediate investigation (scanning) can  lead you to losing a testicle.

Misdiagnosis of testicular torsion is not uncommon. If you present to a doctor within 48 hours of experiencing testicular pain, in most instances you can be treated without surgery and you will remain intact.

Failure to perform a physical examination can result in a delay in diagnosis and treatment of the condition, resulting in loss of the testicle. In some instances doctors have incorrectly diagnosed the symptoms as acute epididymitis, aka a sexually transmitted infection and therefore thought that a physical examination was not necessary and the presenting patient could be treated with antibiotics.

A failure to diagnose testicular torsion can have a huge affect on the life of a man, potentially leading to long term disability which may also affect fertility.

If you think you may have suffered medical  negligence please call our experts on 0161 928 3848.


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