The Consequences of a Delayed Diagnosis in Pediatric Testicular Torsion

This case study examines a medical malpractice claim involving a 14-year-old adolescent who suffered testicular loss due to alleged delayed diagnosis of testicular torsion.

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Published on February 6, 2024

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Case Overview

This case study involves a 14-year-old adolescent who presented to the Emergency Department (ED) with a chief complaint of severe testicular pain and intense lower abdominal and groin discomfort. The attending medical team is alleged to have failed to conduct a comprehensive workup for testicular torsion despite the patient’s symptoms. The child was discharged but returned to another ED the following day due to continued and escalating pain.

Surgery was performed to correct the testicular torsion; however, blood flow could not be restored to the affected testicle, necessitating its removal. This case raises questions about the standard of care provided and whether a timely diagnosis could have prevented this outcome.

Questions to the expert and their responses

Q1

How often do you evaluate and manage pediatric patients diagnosed with testicular torsion?

As a board-certified Pediatric Urologist and Director of Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery at a leading hospital, I encounter testicular torsion cases almost daily. Throughout my career, I’ve evaluated and treated hundreds of patients with this condition.

Q2

How does intervention timeline affect patient outcomes in testicular torsion?

The salvageability of a testicle in torsion cases is entirely dependent on how quickly intervention occurs. Timely diagnosis and treatment are crucial to preserving the affected testicle’s function and viability.

Q3

Have you ever reviewed a similar case? If yes, please elaborate.

Yes, I have reviewed similar cases in the past where delayed diagnosis or treatment led to significant consequences for young patients. Each case underscores the importance of prompt recognition and management of potential testicular torsion.

About the expert

This expert is a highly experienced urologist with a specialization in pediatric urology, boasting nearly a decade of experience in the field. They have an extensive educational background and are board-certified in both general urology and pediatric urology. Currently serving as an assistant professor of pediatric urology and practicing pediatric urologist at a major medical center, they bring significant expertise to this case study, particularly given their history of involvement with peer-reviewed journals and recognition as a "Top Doctor" by a reputable publication.

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