Testicular torsion: Evaluation of contralateral testicular histology

Koşar A., Sarica K., Küpeli B., Alçiǧir G., Süzer O., Küpeli S.

International Urology and Nephrology, vol.29, no.3, pp.351-356, 1997 (Scopus) identifier identifier


Infertility may occur in patients with unilateral testicular torsion whose contra-lateral testis is intact. Depending on this observation, the physicians have begun to examine the contralateral testis. In the present prospective study we aimed to examine the histopathologic alterations occurring in the contralateral testicle with time. Sixty adult male albino rats were included in the programme, and following experimental torsion the histopathologic findings, especially those in the contralateral testis, were evaluated after 4-12 weeks. Long-term and high degree torsion of the testicle led to varying degrees of deterioration in the germinal epithelium and interstitial cells of the contra-lateral testicle. Histopathologic alterations were reversed in 12 weeks. Tubular diameter and testicular volume also decreased in accordance with the histopathologic alteration. In our opinion, orchiectomy following torsion of one testicle will limit potential histopathologic alterations in the contralateral testicle.