Torsion of the Appendix Testis

What is torsion of the appendix testis?

Torsion of the appendix testis is a twisting of a vestigial appendage that is located along the testicle. This appendage has no function, yet more than half of all boys are born with one.

Although this condition poses no threat to health, it can be painful. Usually no treatment other than to manage pain is needed.

How Boston Children's Hospital treats torsion of the appendix testis

Because torsion of the appendix testis poses no threat to the overall health of your son, treatment is relatively simple. Your Children's physician will make sure no other complications exist, that the testicle itself has no torsion, and provide medication to help reduce any pain that your son may be having.