Testicular torsion: a 15-year single-centre clinical and histological analysis

Acta Pediatrica, 04/30/2012

Saxena AK et al. – Chances of testicular salvage after torsion are higher if patients present early. The majority of patients presenting late (>6 h) require orchiectomy owing to testicular necrosis.

Methods

  • Retrospective single-centre review of boys with testicular torsion between 1996 and 2011 was made.

Results

  • Testicular torsion (right n = 43, left n = 60, bilateral n = 1) was identified in 104 boys between 0 and 18 years.
  • Ten newborns presented with 11 intrauterine torsions. Nine torsions presented in undescended inguinal testes (one intrauterine).
  • In 94 boys with descended testes, presentation included pain (76%), scrotal swelling (65%) and abdominal symptoms (22%).
  • Ultrasonography was performed in 85 patients with false-negative results in 4 (4.7%).
  • Orchiectomy was performed during initial exploration in 41, with significantly higher rates of orchiectomies in patients with late (>6 h) versus patients with early referrals (<6 h) (56% vs. 9.1%).
  • Histological evaluation was carried out in 68 testes, with 43 resected testes demonstrating haemorrhagic necrosis. In 25 biopsied testes, histology revealed acute parenchymal bleeding (n = 14), onset of parenchymal infarction (n = 8), orchitis (n = 1) and normal tissue (n = 2).
  • Eighty-two patients were followed up with pathological findings in four patients: testicular atrophies requiring orchiectomy (n = 2), testicular autolysis (n = 1) and small testicular vein thrombosis (n = 1).

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