What is the role of physical exam in the evaluation of testicular torsion?

Updated: Aug 31, 2018
  • Author: Oreoluwa I Ogunyemi, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The physical examination is useful, but imperfect, in diagnosing acute testicular torsion. [22] The physical examination, moreover, may be difficult to perform, as the testicle is typically very tender and patients are often in significant discomfort. Patients may also have a reactive hydrocele or massive scrotal edema, making testicular examination event more difficult.


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