The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has released an interim bulletin relating to their investigation on the management of early onset testicular pain.

The HSIB were made aware of a 20-year-old student who had a testicle removed (an orchidectomy) due to a testicular torsion. This is a condition where the spermatic cord, which supplies blood to the testicle rotates and becomes twisted. Experts state when a testicular torsion occurs, the time between the onset of symptoms and treatment is critical. 

The initial investigation identified possible safety issues in the diagnostic and treatment pathway for testicular torsion. The full investigation will build on this and take an in-depth look at the pathway and process for diagnosing time critical conditions. 

Interim bulletins are released to share further details of each investigation, including how it’s met HSIB criteria, the history of the event it relates to, the national context and any identified safety issues.

The HSIB launched its first full investigation in July 2017 and is now conducting  11 full investigations. 

Download the interim bulletin here