Shortcomings of Color Doppler Sonography in Diagnosis of Testicular Torsion

Terry D. Allen, Jack S. Elder

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Purpose: We determined the shortcomings of color Doppler sonography for the diagnosis of testicular torsion. Materials and Methods: We reviewed 5 cases of testicular torsion in which findings on color Doppler sonography were inconsistent with surgical findings. Results: Color Doppler sonography showed blood flow in 2 patients who had necrotic testes at surgery. In 3 other patients blood flow was also normal by color Doppler sonography of whom 2 were treated for epididymitis with subsequent loss of the testes and 1 underwent salvage by immediate exploration. Conclusions: Testicular torsion is a clinical diagnosis requiring consideration of many variables. Color Doppler sonography is helpful but should not be regarded as the definitive discriminator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1508-1510
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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