What is testicular trauma?
Because the testicles are in the scrotum, which hangs outside of the body, they don't have the protection of muscles and bones. This makes it easier for the testicles to be struck, hit, kicked, or crushed, which happens most often during contact sports. Males can protect their testicles by wearing athletic cups.
Trauma to the testicles can cause severe pain, bruising, and/or swelling. In most cases, the testes -- which are made of a spongy material -- can absorb the shock of an injury without serious damage. A rare type of testicular trauma, called testicular rupture, occurs when the testicle receives a direct blow or is squeezed against the hard bones of the pelvis. This injury can cause blood to leak into the scrotum. In severe cases, surgery to repair the rupture and save the testicle -- may be necessary.
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