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.

Testicular torsion is very rare, but can be serious if not treated promptly, Vassos says. The condition occurs when the spermatic cord -- a cord by which a testis is suspended in the scrotum -- gets twisted, resulting in a decrease in blood supply to the testicle and surrounding structures.

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.