Epididymitis is inflammation and infection of the long, tightly
coiled tube (epididymis) that lies behind each testicle and collects sperm.
Epididymitis can be caused by a urinary tract infection, a sexually transmitted infection, an enlarged prostate, or a urologic procedure.
Epididymitis usually starts suddenly. Symptoms can include pain,
scrotal swelling, painful or frequent urination, and fever or chills.
Bacterial epididymitis is treated with antibiotics. Other
treatments for epididymitis may include bed rest, ice packs, scrotal support
with a jock strap, and pain medicine.
A person who has symptoms of epididymitis should avoid sexual
intercourse until he sees a doctor. This will reduce the risk of
spreading a possible infection to his sex partner or partners. It is important
for sex partners to be evaluated and treated for a possible infection.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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