Swelling of the epididymis (the single, narrow, tightly-coiled tube
connecting the efferent ducts from the testes to the vas deferens.) is
referred to as epididymitis.You have an acute case of
epididymitis if the swelling lasts for 6 weeks or less. If your
infection persists for over 6 weeks, you will be treated for chronic
epididymitis. Epididymo-orchitis occurs if the swelling spreads beyond
the epididymis into the testicles.
Your doctor will want to prevent the spread of your infection to prevent scrotal abscess (pus filled infection) or shrinkage of the testicle. If left unchecked, severe epididymitis can cause male infertility or tissue necrosis (tissue death). Fortunately, epididymitis can usually be treated with medication and a little time. In the rare cases where medication and time don’t clear the infection, surgery will be considered.
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