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Pediatric Testicular Torsion

Key Points About Testicular Torsion in Children

  • Testicular torsion is a painful twisting of a boy’s testicles and spermatic cord. It can happen to one or both testicles.
  • Torsion causes blood to not flow to the testicles. This can damage them. To reduce the risk of long-term problems, surgery is often done within six hours of symptoms.
  • It often occurs in boys ages 10 and older. It can also happen when a baby is growing in the uterus, or shortly after a baby is born. The condition may be linked to a gene.
  • Symptoms can include a painful, red and swollen scrotum, and nausea and vomiting.
  • If the condition is not treated quickly, it can lead to loss of the testicle.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Division Chief, Urology
Urologist
Co-director, Spina Bifida Program
Daniel Casella

Daniel Casella

Director, Urology Fellowship
Medical Director, Informatics for Surgery
Urologist
Nadia Kalloo

Naida Kalloo

Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County
Urologist
Aaron Krill

Aaron Krill

Director, Kidney Stone Surgical Program
Urologist
Rachel Selekman

Rachel Selekman

Associate Director, Ambulatory Telemedicine
Urologist
Physician Informaticist
Departments

Departments

Urology

At Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., our pediatric urologists provide comprehensive care for disorders affecting reproductive and urinary organs.