Unilateral testicular seminoma with simultaneous contralateral torsion: a case report
Department of Nephro-urology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kawasumi, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, 467-8601, Japan
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:199 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-199Published: 16 July 2012
Testicular germ cell tumors are the most common malignancies in men. Testicular torsion is also a scrotal phenomenon seen in adolescence and adulthood. The co-occurrence of these two scrotal disorders is extremely rare.
A 28-year-old East Asian man presented at our hospital with painless bilateral scrotal swelling. Both scrotal ultrasonography and computed tomography findings showed bilateral testicular tumors, and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a lack of enhancement in his right testis, indicating a hemorrhagic infarction and a left testicular tumor. After a bilateral orchiectomy, the intraoperative and histopathological findings revealed a left seminoma with a complicating contralateral testicular torsion that had developed with hemorrhagic infarction.
Testicular germ cell tumor with contralateral torsion is extremely rare. We could differentiate this case from bilateral testicular tumors appropriately using magnetic resonance imaging, and suggest that magnetic resonance imaging examination may be necessary to diagnose bilateral testicular masses.