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What is Epididymitis?

Description of the disease

Epididymitis is inflammation of the epididymis, a tube-like structure located on the back wall of the scrotum. Epididymitis is most often caused by infection and can lead to pain and swelling of the scrotum.


Epididymitis can be classified as acute or chronic, depending on the duration and nature of the disease.


  • Pain and swelling of the scrotum
  • Redness of the scrotum skin
  • Discharge from the urethra
  • Pain during urination


Epididymitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection, which can be transmitted sexually or enter through the urinary bladder or prostate gland.


For the diagnosis of epididymitis, a doctor may conduct a physical examination, urography, ultrasound of the scrotum, urine and blood tests.


Treatment of epididymitis usually involves taking antibiotics and using anti-inflammatory drugs, sometimes surgical intervention may be required.


Prevention of epididymitis includes adherence to personal hygiene rules, the use of condoms, timely treatment of inflammatory diseases of the genitourinary system.


If epididymitis is suspected, it is necessary to consult a urologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.