November 11, 2019 --
Presenter Dr. Mary Wyers, of Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and colleagues investigated whether using ultrasound to compare the volume of the affected testis to the unaffected side could help in diagnosing testicular torsion.
"We sought to determine if there is significant enlargement of the affected testis in pediatric patients with testicular torsion in order to identify an additional criterion that may be helpful," Wyers and colleagues wrote in their abstract.
The study included 34 patients with testicular torsion (mean age, 13.2 years), 34 age-matched controls (mean age, 13.2 years), and 45 patients with testicular appendage torsion (mean age, 9.5 years). The researchers found the following:
"The affected testicle in testicular torsion enlarges significantly compared to the normal side, and a volume ratio of 1.27 may be helpful as an additional criterion of torsion," Wyers and colleagues concluded.