July 30, 2009
Testicular injury needs tending
A U.S. expert on urological conditions advises parents to take action if their son complains of testicular pain.
Sandra Vassos of the American Urological Association Foundation says if the testicular pain is sudden and severe and there is swelling on one side, the boy may have testicular torsion and should be taken to an emergency room.
Torsion can result from scrotal trauma -- from an injury or strenuous exercise -- but sometimes there is no obvious cause, Vassos explains.
Parents need to be aware of the potential complications of groin injuries, particularly testicular trauma, Vassos says in a statement.
Knowing what to monitor and when to seek treatment can make a significant difference in caring for your son's injury.