A university student was left in severe pain for six days and ended up having his right testicle removed after medications failed to move fast enough, a report said.
An investigation by the Healthcare Security Investigation Branch found errors in care provided to 20-year-olds, known only as Ryan, including GPs and medical hospitals.
The HSIB called for greater awareness and diagnosis of testicular torsion speed, a condition that is a medical emergency.
Testicular abscess occurs when the testicle twists, interrupts the blood supply and results in significant pain. If it is not diagnosed and treated immediately, it can result in the loss of a testicle. It mainly affects boys and teenagers but can occur in older men.
The report says Ryan woke up in the early hours Friday with severe pain in his right testicle and lower abdomen. She called NHS 111 and was told to contact her GP.
Ryan made five calls to his local GP surgery from 8am but was not called until after 11:00.
The delay was caused by a false phone number held for Ryan in his electronic patient record and an appointment with another patient longer than expected. Ryan described his symptoms and the GP immediately suspected testicular torsion, telling him he should go to A&E immediately.
After arriving at A&E, Ryan was not seen for an additional two and a half hours and was later diagnosed with inflammation of the testis and given antibiotics. In the days that followed, Ryan continued to feel much pain and was cared for by his family.
A GP in her mother's surgery advised her to continue with the antibiotics prescribed by the hospital. But after being in pain for two more days, Ryan was seen by another GP who referred him to the emergency contraction clinic at a local hospital. 19659002] Ryan then underwent an emergency, under anesthesia, to examine his testicle. Her right testicle had to be removed because the loss of blood supply caused death to the tissue. They have since adapted to increase detection in men up to the age of 25. A series of other recommendations have been made.
Dr Stephen Drage, director of the HSIB investigation and an NHS consultant, said: "& # 39; Review guidance is a condition critical to the time when rapid operation can prevent significant Complications can also mimic other conditions, making it difficult for health professionals to tell between different 'causes of testicular disease.
"Our investigation is makes recommendations that help health professionals make the right decisions at the right time to ensure access to fast surgery. where necessary. ”
Ryan says:" Experiencing testicular torsion and after having surgery to remove my testicle had a huge impact on my life. At that time, I felt really agitated and I didn't know it. what's wrong.
"After the surgery, I was frustrated with the delays in my care and had to miss a lot of university studies. . I now worry about the future – the effect it will have on my fertility and ask myself if I would like to go through another surgery to have a prosthetic fit.
"This is my personal experience, but I think that torsion itself and then Losing a testicle can affect a person's well-being in so many ways. I am very happy that HSIB is looked at in depth. I had the opportunity to tell my story and I was involved in the whole investigation. ”