Settlement reached for failure to diagnose testicular torsion

Posted by Gemma Osgood on

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Master G was 16 years old when he attended his local A&E as he was suffering from left testicular pain. His parents were concerned that Master  G had a testicular torsion. 

A testicular torsion is when a testicle (testis) twists around in the scrotum. An emergency operation is usually needed to treat this condition as the blood supply to the testis is cut off and the testis is likely to become damaged and die unless the blood flow is quickly restored.

Master G was examined by a doctor and diagnosed with an infection and prescribed some antibiotics.  He was discharged home. Nine months later Master  G attended the same A&E with a painful and swollen right testicle. His previous attendance was noted and his left testicle was noted to be atrophied. Despite this, Master G was discharged to the care of his GP without any treatment.

The GP referred Master G to the urological team for an urgent review, and an ultrasound scan showed that the left testicle did not have a blood supply and was extremely small.  The right testicle was thought to be normal. Despite his history, Master G was not admitted for surgery but discharged home.  He was subsequently admitted 4 days later and had orchidopexy surgery where the right testis was stitched to the surrounding tissue and fixed in position to prevent a torsion happening again.

Master G's parents contacted BL Claims Solicitors as specialist clinical negligence solicitors.  We investigated the claim and sent the Trust a Letter of Claim alleging that the A&E staff were negligent, in that they did not properly investigate Master G and failed to diagnose and treat him for a testicular torsion. Had they done so he would have had orchidopexy surgery and it is likely that his left testicle would have been saved.  He would also have avoided the twisting of his right testis.  As a result of the Trust's negligence Master G's fertility was also affected.

The hospital Trust admitted liability.  During the legal process, Master G turned 18 and following negotiations, he accepted £47,500 as full and final settlement of his claim.


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Gemma is a Senior Associate in our Clinical Negligence team with extensive experience in all areas of medical negligence claims.

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