A Doctor Explains Exactly What Can Happen When You Get Kicked in the Nuts
Getting hit in the nuts is arguably one of the most painful things that can happen to a male body, and there has been plenty of debate around whether the amount it hurts can be compared to childbirth. But pain aside, there is a very real medical reason why you should never kick or punch anybody in the balls.
Medical YouTuber Dr. Anthony Youn recently shared a short video by British surgeon and medical TikTokker Dr. Karan Raj, in which he gave a detailed breakdown of just how risky a blow to the balls can be to your health. It turns out, this kind of injury can very quickly become a serious medical issue, and if left untreated, you could even lose a testicale, so it is absolutely crucial to seek immediate medical attention if it happens to you—even if the pain passes.
"A sudden forceful trauma to the crown jewels can result in testicular torsion; a twisted testicle," explains Raj. "This causes the blood supply to that area to be cut off. This is when the real countdown begins. A person has about six hours to get the ball untwisted before the ball is lost forever. If left untreated, the lack of blood supply results in ischaemia and eventually necrosis; this is tissue death."
"The affected ball turns black," he continues. "This necrotic ball can become infected. This localized infection can then spread to the surrounding groin and pelvis, and even enter the bloodstream, causing a body-wide infection called sepsis. And if sepsis isn't treated urgently, it can be lethal."
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