June 2009, Volume 39 Number 6 , p 56cc7 - 56cc11
Polt, Caroline A. RN, BSN
John Chambers, 17, arrives at the emergency department with left-sided scrotal pain. Knowing that scrotal or testicular pain can signal a serious condition, you immediately assess him. As you gather more details from Mr. Chambers, you suspect he has epididymitis, an inflammation of the epididymis—the structure on the posterior surface of the testicle where sperm mature.
But another possibility is testicular torsion, a twisting of the spermatic cord ...