ZocdocAnswersHow can you tell if a testicle is dead?

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How can you tell if a testicle is dead?

my son had testicular torsion surgery and i want to know how i can tell if his testicle is dead.

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That is an excellent question. Testicular torsion is a severe condition that can be extremely painful and if not treated in a timely manner, can lead to necrosis and so your concern is definitely valid. With respect to your son and the surgery he had, it is best if you discuss what happened during the surgery with the surgeon who performed the procedure because he or she would be best able to describe what they found intraoperatively and also what they think the long term viability of your son's testicle would be. The likelihood of viability also depends on how quickly his condition was able to be treated. Usually six hours is the longest the testicle can survive before there is irreversible damage. Even if your son has had damage to his testicle, this should not affect him when he is older because he will likely still be able to have children as the other testicle is likely viable. Aside from discussing this with the surgeon, and having follow-up visits, it is unlikely that there is another way that you can tell if the testicle is viable or not. Depending on what the cause of the torsion was, it may be unlikely that any future sons are at a higher risk of developing torsion than the average person. Again, please speak with your doctor.

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