Strange Pains: Discomfort in the testes can sometimes indicate kidney stones
When symptoms in one area indicate a problem elsewhere
This week: Pain in the testicles could be kidney stones
OUR kidneys remove waste products via the urine. Some waste products can form crystals, which build up to become a kidney stone. They are quite common, affecting one in 10 of us.
However, kidney stones can, confusingly, present as pain in the testicles, because the nerve supply to the testes and the ureter – the duct from which urine passes from the kidney to the bladder – is the same.
Urological surgeon Professor Chris Eden says: "Some patients have been taken to the operating theatre with suspected diagnoses of a twisted testes, and yet the problem lies in a completely different part of the anatomy."
Treatment often involves painkillers until the stones naturally pass.
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