What is testicular torsion?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 03/28/2018

Testicular torsion happens when the spermatic cord rotates and becomes twisted. Some men are born with a higher risk for the condition. Torsion of the testes can occur after an injury to the groin, but also due to rapid growth during puberty.

Males who practice contact sports may also experience testicular torsion. In fact, it is during contact sports when blunt, penetrating, or degloving lesions can occur, which can cause male infertility.

Since testicular torsion causes the blood flow to the testes to stop, spermatogenesis is interrupted within 4 to 6 hours due to a lack of blood flow.

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 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.
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