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The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Admission Times, Manual Detorsion Rates and Outcomes in Testicular Torsion
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  • Emre Tokuç,
  • Ilker Artuk,
  • Ridvan Kayar,
  • Emrah Özsoy,
  • Ramazan Topaktas,
  • Yavuz Bastug,
  • Mehmet Akyüz,
  • Metin Öztürk
Emre Tokuç
University of Health Sciences, Haydarpasa Numune SUAM
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Ilker Artuk
University of Health Sciences, Haydarpasa Numune SUAM
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Ridvan Kayar
University of Health Sciences, Haydarpasa Numune SUAM
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Emrah Özsoy
Ünye State Hospital
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Ramazan Topaktas
University of Health Sciences, Haydarpasa Numune SUAM
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Yavuz Bastug
University of Health Sciences, Haydarpasa Numune SUAM
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Mehmet Akyüz
University of Health Sciences, Haydarpasa Numune SUAM
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Metin Öztürk
University of Health Sciences, Haydarpasa Numune SUAM

Abstract

Aim: This study aims to assess the admission times, manual detorsion rates and outcomes of the testicular torsion cases during COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A retrospective analysis of the testicular torsion cases was done through our hospital’s electronic archive. Patients with were distributed into two groups as “COVID-19 era” (between 11th of March 2020 – March 2021) and “pre-COVID-19 era” (between January 2018 and 10th of March 2020). Time between the onset of symptoms and the moment of detorsion was calculated as the duration of ischemia. Two groups were compared in terms of ischemia duration, manual detorsion rates and operational outcomes. Results: No statistically significant differences was detected between groups in terms of ischemia duration, manual detorsion rates and surgical procedure type (all p>0.05). During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number and percentage of manual detorsions have increased, resulting in a numerical decrease in orchiectomies. Conclusions: Conditions caused by COVID-19 may prompt urologists to manual detorsion more to set up safer surgical environment. Moreover, this approach may result in a decrease in orchiectomy rates by saving time and preserving the vascularity of the testis. Further studies with larger samples sizes and meta-analyses may support this concept. Keywords: testicular torsion, COVID-19, manual detorsion, orchiectomy, emergency