Testicular torsion: Potential pitfalls in its diagnosis and management
Article first published online: 21 OCT 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2011 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages E30–E32, February 2012
How to Cite
Lopez, R. N. and Beasley, S. W. (2012), Testicular torsion: Potential pitfalls in its diagnosis and management. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48: E30–E32. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02205.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 21 OCT 2011
- Accepted for publication 1 June 2011.
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Torsion of the testis is a surgical emergency. Within the paediatric population, peaks in incidence occur in the perinatal and adolescent age groups. There exist traps that can make torsion of the testis a difficult diagnosis to make and once made a tricky condition to manage, in some instances. It is becoming clear that perinatal torsion should serve as an umbrella term for what is increasingly being regarded as two separate entities: prenatal and post-natal torsion. Evidence suggests that the management for each of these may be different. While management of testicular torsion in the adolescent is universally agreed upon, the diagnosis can sometimes be difficult to make. This notwithstanding, early diagnosis is imperative for ensuring the best possible outcome.