Male Genitourinary Disorders: Epididymitis
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At the back of each testicle is a coiled tube called the epididymis that stores and carries sperm.
When this tube become inflamed (painful, warm and swollen), it’s known as epididymitis.
The cause of epididymitis is usually an infection, and antibiotics may be needed. It might take several weeks for the symptoms to get better.
If the testicles are also inflamed, it’s known as epididymo-orchitis.
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It can be difficult to tell whether testicular pain is the result of epididymo-orchitis, or a much more serious condition called testicular torsion.
Testicular torsion means that the spermatic cord (cord that supplies the testicles with blood) has become severely twisted. It needs very urgent treatment, so if you have any doubt about the cause of your testicular pain, make sure you’re seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
*If you are unsure about the cause of your testicular pain ensure you speak to a doctor or nurse at your haemophilia centre immediately.