What is the role of blood studies 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 complete blood count can be normal. However, the WBC count is elevated in as many as 60% of patients who have torsion.

Elevation in acute-phase proteins (ie, C-reactive protein) has been postulated as a diagnostic aid in differentiating inflammatory causes of acute scrotal pain (eg, epididymitis) from noninflammatory causes (eg, testicular torsion). [25] However, sample sizes in these studies have been too small to support using CRP as a diagnostic adjunct to definitively rule out testicular torsion.


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