Testicle Infection (Epididymitis) (cont.)
Follow-up with your health care practitioner to ensure the antibiotics are working.
- If the individual does not respond to antibiotics, he may need an ultrasound (ordered by the doctor or urologist, who is a specialist in genital conditions).
- It is important to be sure that the condition doesn't progress to become orchitis, an infection of one or both testicles. Orchitis also can result from the spread of bacteria through the blood from other locations in the body. This is called epididymo-orchitis if the epididymitis is also infected.
- Less commonly, a testicular tumor may be present. An ultrasound or blood test might be needed if tumor is suspected.
- If epididymitis occurred because of sexual transmission of infectious bacteria, all sex partners of the man should be notified and treated even if they have no current symptoms.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/2/2014
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