• Failure to recognise and treat testicular torsion in a timely manner can lead to irreversible damage.
  • Failure to acknowledge that the presence or absence of a particular clinical feature still cannot exclude torsion.
  • Failure to give prolonged courses of antibiotics in epididymo-orchitis can lead to incomplete treatment and lack of resolution.
  • Failure to instigate correct microbiological investigations prior to antimicrobial therapy or to organise appropriate follow up (contact tracing) may result in delayed effective treatment.
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