When Pain Really Counts: Testicular Torsion

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You’ve probably seen it happen dozens of times in funny videos on television: a kid swings a bat at a tee-ball as Dad stands nearby, or a young man tries to hurdle a stair rail. You wince, knowing what’s going to happen next. Although seeing someone else take a hit below the belt can be funny, sometimes testicular pain is no laughing matter. Dr. Danoff explains how to tell when testicular pain is a true medical emergency.

When Pain Really Counts: Testicular Torsion

Every male knows it’s really painful to get hit in the groin area. Even thinking about it hurts. A baseball takes an unexpected bounce, an opponent misses a kick on the soccer field and his foot has only one place to go, you are speeding along on your bike and you hit a bump—all result in really one painful thing: a shot to the testicles, one of the most tender areas on a man’s body. This has happened to all of us. But is there a time when you really have to worry?


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Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS, is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Danoff is a graduate of Princeton University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree at Yale University with honors. He completed his urologic surgical training and fellowship at Columbia University Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Following his training, he served as a major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. For more than a quarter century, Dr. Danoff taught on the clinical faculty of UCLA School of Medicine. Currently, he is attending urologic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is the founder and president of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Tower Urology Medical Group, the leading urologic practice serving the Southern California community for over thirty years. Dr. Danoff and his wife, Israeli singer Hedva Amrani, are longtime residents of Beverly Hills, California, and have two children: Aurele Danoff, an attorney, and Doran Danoff, a composer.


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