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Volume 24, Issue 4 (July 2022) 24, 386–389; 10.4103/aja202184

Diagnosis, treatment, outcome, and reasons for delayed treatment of cryptorchidism with torsion in children: a 16-year retrospective study in a large pediatric medical center

Meng Yang1,2,3, Sheng Wen1,2,3, Tao Lin1,2,3, Xing Liu1,2,3, De-Ying Zhang1,2,3, Feng Liu1,2,3, Sheng-De Wu1,2,3, Guang-Hui Wei1,2,3, Pei-Ru He1, Yi Hua1,2,3

1 Department of Urology, Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400000, China
2 Pediatrics Research Institute, Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University; Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Child Development and Disorders; National Clinical Research Center for Child Health and Disorders; China International Science and Technology Cooperation Base of Child Development and Critical Disorders; Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400000, China
3 Chongqing Key Laboratory of Pediatrics, Chongqing Key Laboratory of Children Urogenital Development and Tissue Engineering, Chongqing 400000, China

Correspondence: Dr. Y Hua (huayi730@sina.cn)

Date of Submission 24-Apr-2021 Date of Acceptance 13-Oct-2021 Date of Web Publication 17-Dec-2021


We describe and summarize the diagnosis, treatment, and reasons for delayed treatment of children with cryptorchidism torsion in Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University. The study included 19 cases of cryptorchidism torsion. The age of the children ranged from 16 days to 12 years (median: 6 years). The interval from diagnosis to surgery varied from 4 h to 16 days (median: 3 days). Ultrasound was performed in all cases. Fifteen cases had cryptorchidism torsion, 2 cases had a soft tissue mass in the inguinal region, and 2 cases had an inguinal/abdominal teratoma. Five cases were treated with an orchidopexy, 12 cases were treated with orchiectomy, and 2 cases received resection of a testicular tumor. The 5 children with an orchidopexy were followed up from 1 month to 7 years (median: 3 years), with 1 child having a testis retraction and no blood supply. Of the 12 children who had an orchiectomy, three had delayed diagnosis due to family unawareness of the condition, while other delays were due to delayed referral from primary care facilities. The relative rarity and insufficient awareness of cryptorchidism torsion resulted in a low rate of testicular salvage. Therefore, hospitals of all levels should be fully aware of cryptorchidism with torsion and ensure a male child's genital system and inguinal region are examined to improve the success rate of testicular salvage.

Keywords: children; cryptorchidism; testicular torsion

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