Testicular torsion is the twisting of the spermatic cord, which cuts off the blood supply to the testicle and surrounding structures within the scrotum. The problem happens most often to boys before their first birthday, or at the onset of puberty, or any time with trauma to the groin. Surgery is usually needed and should be performed as soon as possible after symptoms begin. If surgery is performed within six hours, most testicles can be saved. If the boy loses the testicle, and there has been a delay by medical personnel in recognizing the problem, sometimes a malpractice suit is justified.
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