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Research Article

Torsion of the testis: why is the prognosis so poor?

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 294 doi: (Published 28 March 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;294:824
  1. S Bennett,
  2. M S Nicholson,
  3. T M Little


    The cases of 83 boys who were admitted to hospital with acute testicular pain or swelling were studied. Twenty seven had torsion of the testis, and 15 (55%) of these lost a testis. The main reason for the poor results was delay by the patient or his parents in seeking medical attention.