The impact of testicular torsion on a man’s future fertility

Testicular torsion is an abnormal twisting of the testicle and spermatic cord resulting in severe pain and a lack of blood flow to the testicle.  Although testicular torsion can occur at any age, the peak incidence is between 12 and 18 years of age.  One out of every 4,000 men below the age of 25 will experience testicular torsion.  As with other unilateral processes (that happen to one testicle) it has been shown that the detrimental effect of a unilateral testicular torsion can actually impact the cells and function of both testicles.  Testicular torsion is considered a medical emergency, surgical exploration and treatment within 6 hours of the onset of pain can salvage the testicle, and the other testicle is tacked into place at the same time to prevent a future torsion on the other side.  Dr. Parviz Kavoussi published a review article on the clinical as well as experimental scientific literature on testicular torsion.

Dr. Kavoussi states, “Unfortunately, if the torsion is not treated in the adequate timeframe, the cells that produce sperm can be irreversibly damaged and may have a significant effect on a man’s fertility potential in the future.  That is why education on this emergent condition is so important.”  Click here to read the full review article.