Prenatal Testicular Torsion: Not Always in the Late Third Trimester

Urology. 2016 Mar;89:132-3. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2015.11.024. Epub 2015 Dec 4.


Prenatal testicular torsion is a very rare morbid entity, described in the literature to occur when the testicle is intrascrotal, around the 34th week of gestation. Here we report a case of early testicular necrosis. This male fetus was the product of a medical abortion at 27 weeks. During evisceration, a left testicular nubbin free in the peritoneal cavity was found. Histologically, it was extensively necrotic. Because of the location, the size, and the histological features of this necrotic testicle, we conclude that it was the result of torsion of the pedicle that occurred around the 20th week of pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third
  • Spermatic Cord Torsion / embryology*