The condition mainly occurs in younger men with a mean age of 25 years 2.
Pain is usually present 1. On examination, an empty hemiscrotum can be palpated 1.
Motorcycle accidents are the most common cause (80%) 2. Blunt force to the testicle can rupture the fascia of the spermatic cord and force the testicle out of the scrotum. Unilateral or bilateral dislocation are equally common 2.
The sites of dislocation in descending prevalence include 2:
- the superficial inguinal pouch (50%)
- inguinal canal
Findings include 1:
- an absence of one or both testicles in the scrotum
- an extra-scrotal testicle (most commonly in the superficial inguinal pouch)
Doppler ultrasound can also be used to define blood flow in the testis.
The role of CT in testicular dislocation can be confirmation of an abdominally dislocated testicle and to also delineate the extent of the causative traumatic injury 2.
Treatment and prognosis
Manual reduction can be attempted but is only successful in 15% of cases 3. Surgical treatment in addition to being more successful also allows torsion to be corrected if present 3. Fertility may be affected and a heightened risk of testicular malignancy can occur if the testicle is not reduced for a prolonged period 2.
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