Testicular torsion is perhaps the most common problem involving the testicles. The term “torsion” actually means an impaired blood flow. This happens when the spermatic cord, which contains the blood vessels going to the testicles, is twisted several times, completely blocking the blood flow to the testicle causing a fast damage to the organ.
Some cases of testicular torsion occur without any apparent reason at all. However, it is reported that signs and symptoms of torsion occur following a physical activity, an injury to the scrotum, or even just sleep.
Genetics. Males who acquire testicular torsion may have inherited a genetic trait that predisposes their testicle to rotate freely inside the scrotum. If this is inherited, it often affects both testicles.
Teenage Boys. Testicular torsion commonly happens to boys in their teens. Nevertheless, there are also reports that adult men acquire this condition, but it’s often the result of trauma to the scrotum or of a strenuous physical activity. A hit by a ball during a game or a kick or knee in the testicles can cause testicular torsion.
There are certain risk factors that make a man more likely to develop testicular torsion. Here are the following:
- Age. This is most common in males between the ages of 10 and 25.
- A history of testicular torsion occurrence. A testicular torsion that went away on its own is likely to occur again in either of the testicles unless a surgical intervention is done to prevent it.