All Children's Hospital Logo

Health Information Library

Parents > A to Z > T > A to Z: Testicular Torsion
A to Z: Testicular Torsion

A to Z: Testicular Torsion

May also be called: Testis Torsion

Testicular torsion, or testis torsion, happens when the spermatic cord, which provides blood flow to the testicle, rotates and becomes twisted. The twisting cuts off the testicle's blood supply and causes sudden pain and swelling.

More to Know

Many cases of testicular torsion are related to a genetic condition called bell clapper deformity, which causes the testicles to twist more easily because they're not attached normally to the scrotum.

Testicular torsion occurs most often in teenage boys. Surgery to fix it involves making a small cut in the scrotum, untwisting the spermatic cord, and stitching both testicles to the scrotum to prevent future twisting.

Keep in Mind

Testicular torsion is a medical emergency that must be treated immediately. Boys need to know that genital pain is serious and shouldn't be ignored. Ignoring pain for too long or simply hoping it goes away can result in severe damage to the testicle and even its removal.

All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.

Related Articles
P    A to Z: Varicocele (Scrotal Varices)
P    Male Reproductive System
T    Male Reproductive System
T    Testicular Exams
T    Testicular Injuries
P    Testicular Torsion
T    Testicular Torsion
P    Ultrasound: Scrotum
T    Varicocele
T    Why Does the Doctor Have to Examine My Testicles?
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2014 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.

Additional Info

Pocket Doc Mobile App
Maps and Locations (Mobile)
Programs & Services
Employment
For Health Professionals
For Patients & Families
Contact Us
Find a Doctor
News
CME

All Children's Hospital
501 6th Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 898-7451
(800) 456-4543

Use Normal Template
© 2014 All Children's Hospital - All Rights Reserved