Testicular torsion is the twisting of the spermatic cord, which cuts off the blood supply to the testicle and surrounding structures within the scrotum.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Some men may be predisposed to testicular torsion as a result of inadequate connective tissue within the scrotum. However, the condition can result from trauma to the scrotum, particularly if significant swelling occurs. It may also occur after strenuous exercise or may not have an obvious cause.
The condition is more common during infancy (first year of life) and at the beginning of adolescence (puberty).
Pictures & ImagesTesticular torsion repair – series
The male reproductive system, viewed from a sagittal section.Male reproductive anatomy
The male reproductive structures include the penis, the scrotum, the seminal vesicles and the prostate.Male reproductive system
The male reproductive system, viewed from a sagittal section.
Testicular torsion: Overview, Causes
Testicular torsion: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Testicular torsion: Treatment
Review Date : 9/22/2009
Reviewed By : Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.