Testicular torsion is a very painful condition that, if not diagnosed early enough or if left misdiagnosed, can lead to serious consequences, including testicle removal. If you have suffered because of a delay in treatment or a delay in diagnosis, you should seek expert legal help to give you the very best chance of success with your medical negligence claim.
To speak to a member of Hospital Negligence's expert team today, simply call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we can discuss your testicular torsion claim in more detail, explaining the next steps you need to take.
Read About Testicular Torsion Claims We've Dealt With
Case study: delay in diagnosing testicular torsion - £15,000
Brendan had to have a testicle removed after hospital doctors failed to send him for an ultrasound meaning the testicular torsion he was suffering from went undiagnosed. After Brendan’s case was taken on by the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence Brendan was awarded £15,000 in compensation for the pain and suffering that he had endured.
Sent home from A&E
Brendan’s ordeal started when he awoke one Tuesday morning and noticed a pain in his left testicle. Brendan initially thought it was just an ache that would go away but when he went to the toilet he noticed that the testicle was very swollen and had almost doubled in size. Brendan was very worried and as soon as he could took himself off to A&E.
After he was examined by doctors he was diagnosed with an infection at the back of the testicle and sent home with antibiotics. However given his alarming symptoms the possibility that he was suffering from a testicular torsion should have been considered. A testicular torsion is a painful and worrying condition whereby one of the tubes in the testicle becomes twisted and the blood supply to the testicle is cut off. Brendan should have been referred urgently to specialists in the urology department and an ultrasound scan of his testicles undertaken.
Further pain and testicle removal
Brendan returned home with his antibiotics and his testicle remained very sore and continued to be all of the following day. By Thursday Brendan was still in agony and he noticed that his penis was also swollen. He took himself back to A&E. Brendan was seen by a different doctor who arranged for him to undergo an ultrasound.
The ultrasound identified that he was most probably suffering from a testicular torsion and surgery was arranged for the next day when the diagnosis was confirmed. However during the surgery it came to light that due to the blood supply being cut off to the testicle for several days part of it was gangrenous so it had to be removed during the operation.
Following his ordeal Brendan was left with long-term issues such as reduced body confidence and problems with relationships with partners. He could also potentially have reduced fertility and this may cause issues when the time comes that he wishes to start a family. However if the A&E doctors who initially saw Brendan had considered the possibility of a testicular torsion as they ought to have done and had sent him for appropriate investigations he would have been diagnosed and treated much sooner and his testicle would have been saved.
After Brendan was put in touch with the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence and we was assigned a specialist solicitor who helped him to challenge this poor care on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. The case was successful and Brendan was awarded £15,000 in compensation for the pain and suffering he endured at the hands of the hospital.
Case study: misdiagnosis of testicular torsion leads to loss of testicle - £11,000
Nineteen-year-old Kurt had to have a testicle removed after A&E doctors misdiagnosed a testicular torsion as a urinary tract infection and sent him home with antibiotics.
As a result of his ordeal Kurt’s university studies and sporting pursuits were affected and he has been warned that he may suffer ongoing pain for the rest of his life.
Kurt’s case was taken on by Angharad Hughes, one of the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence. After she challenged the poor treatment that Kurt received the hospital trust admitted that it had breached its duty of care and agreed to pay him £11,000 in compensation.
Kurt’s problems began in May 2011 when he woke at 9.30am with sharp pain in his abdomen. By 9pm that night his left testicle had started to ache and was slightly swollen.
The next day he awoke early with significant pain in the same testicle and attended his local hospital A&E at about 8.40am. By this point simply standing up was extremely painful and Kurt could barely walk.
Misdiagnosis in A&E
Kurt was assessed by a doctor and his urine tested. The doctor decided Kurt was suffering from a urinary tract infection even though his urine test came back as normal. The doctor prescribed Kurt antibiotics and advised him to take them for a week and that they would clear up his problems.
Kurt returned home with his prescription but his pain continued to get worse and his testicle became even more swollen. His symptoms were the same the next day so he called his GP, who referred him to a walk-in medical centre, which in turn referred him to the city hospital. Doctors at the hospital performed an ultrasound and correctly diagnosed testicular torsion, however by this point it was too late to save the testicle and it was surgically removed.
Had the doctors at the first hospital not misdiagnosed his condition and had taken further investigations, such as an ultrasound, to determine what was wrong then Kurt’s left testicle would have been saved. Kurt would therefore have avoided the severe pain and suffering that he endured over the following days.
After Hospital Negligence’s Angharad Hughes made this case to the hospital trust it admitted that the first doctor breached his duty of care and agreed to pay Kurt £11,000 in compensation.
Case study: teenager has testicle removed after hospital errors - £9,000
When Paul was 18 he had to have a testicle removed due to the failure of a hospital to carry out appropriate investigations and diagnose a testicular torsion. Luckily his fertility was not affected following the ordeal however the episode was very traumatic and affected his self-confidence After Paul’s case was taken on by the specialist solicitors at Hospital Negligence he was awarded £9,000 in compensation.
When Paul awoke one day with severe pain in his testicles and abdomen, accompanied by dizziness and nausea he was very concerned and made an appointment with his GP for later that say.
The GP examined Paul and suspected he may be suffering from torsion of his left testicle and sent him straight to hospital with a letter stating this. A testicular torsion occurs when a cord within one of the testicle becomes twisted, cutting off the testicle’s blood supply. It requires rapid diagnosis and surgery to ensure that the testicle is not needlessly lost.
Paul was admitted to hospital however a consultant who reviewed him that evening decided that he was not suffering from torsion but rather a condition that causes inflammation in a tube within the testicle. Paul was then discharged home even though an ultrasound had not been carried out on the testicle to be sure of what the problem was.
Two days later Paul returned to see his GP as the pain in his testicles and abdomen has worsened. The GP was very surprised that he had been discharged from hospital and immediately referred him back there.
When Paul returned to hospital he was seen by a doctor and consultant in the urology team. His left testicle was found to be very tender, red and swollen. An ultrasound scan of his testicles was ordered which confirmed that there was torsion in the left testicle.
However due to the delay in diagnosis it was now too late to save the testicle as its blood supply had been cut off for too long and it had to be removed. Paul continued to suffer with pain and swelling following the operation. If the doctor who first examined Paul in the hospital had conducted appropriate investigations and diagnosed the torsion correctly he could have had immediate surgery and the testicle would have been saved.
Paul went on to have a prosthetic testicle fitted due to the self-confidence issues the needless removal of the testicle caused him.
After Paul was put in touch with the medical negligence specialists at Hospital Negligence we investigated his care and found that it had not been to an acceptable standard. We were then able to secure him £9,000 in compensation for his suffering, pain and loss.
About Testicular Torsion
Testicular torsion has a sudden onset and is caused by the twisting of the testicle - or more specifically, the spermatic cord - resulting in blood supply to the testicle being cut off. This often comes as a consequence of particularly strenuous exercise and tends to affect either infants or adolescents, but can be suffered by some men up to the age of 30.
Symptoms of testicular torsion include:
- Severe pain in the testicle
- Swelling of the scrotum
Delays in Treatment
The affected testicle can usually be saved should the condition be identified and diagnosed early enough. However, if there is a delay in diagnosis or a delay in treatment, there is the risk that the patient may require their testicle to be removed. This is otherwise known as an orchidectomy and is caused when the testis become necrotic (the death of cells in the tissue).
If such an operation is required, it can have very serious consequences, including long-term disability, and may even impact the individual's fertility.
Usually, a diagnosis of testicular torsion can be made via a physical examination, a Doppler scan, or by researching the history of the symptoms. In order to untwist the testicle, surgery will often be required, and will often involve the testicle being tethered to the scrotum in an effort to prevent the same thing happening again.
Talk to Us
Speak to the expert and friendly team at Hospital Negligence today to discuss your testicular torsion claim. We are here to provide all of the assistance and guidance you need, and ensure the process is as stress-free as possible. Simply call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.