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Prolonged diagnosis causes loss of testicle for adolescent

A 15 year old boy lost his right testicle after an over worked rural physician failed to recognize that he had torsion of the testis (twisted testicle), which required immediate surgery. The boy experienced pain in his testicles that was similar to being kicked. After 12 hours the boy was examined and treated by the doctor, however the testicles can only survive 6-8 hours after blood supply is cut off. The doctor had worked a three day shift prior to the boy's presentation to the rural hospital and refused to see the boy until the morning, prescribing pain relief to help the symptoms. The mother successfully filed for official acknowledgement of the doctor's medical error, who apologized for his mistake and continues to work.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Stuff

Related Disease Topics:

  • Torsion of the testis
  • Twisted testicle

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Article Source Details

About: Prolonged diagnosis causes loss of testicle for adolescent

Date: 13 October 2005

Source: Stuff

Author: Kelly Andrew

URL: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3442560a7144,00.html

Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Medical error
  • Medical error and torsion of the testis
  • Medical error and testicular torsion
  • Medical error and twisted testicle
  • Medical error and testicular death
  • Medical error and testicular disease
  • Medical error and overworked doctor
  • Medical error and rural doctor
  • Medical error and testicular pain
  • Medical error and ischemic testis
  • Risk and testicular torsion
  • Risk and torsion of the testis
  • Risk and twisted testicle
  • Risk and testicular death
  • Risk and testicular ischemia
  • Risk and overworked doctor
  • Risk and tired doctor
  • Risk and rural doctor

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