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Testicular Pain (cont.)

Testicular Pain Symptoms

With testicular pain, the health care professional's first goal is to determine whether or not the pain is caused by testicular torsion, because this is a surgical emergency requiring prompt medical attention. Though the following information may be used to help differentiate the symptoms of testicular torsion and epididymitis, any individual with testicular pain should not delay seeking medical evaluation, as distinguishing between the two can often be difficult.

  • Pain from testicular torsion usually comes on suddenly.
  • Pain from epididymitis usually begins gradually. Early on, the pain due to epididymitis is frequently localized to the area of the epididymis itself.
  • With testicular pain from any source, the affected individual may experience any of the following symptoms:
    • swelling, tenderness, or redness of the testicles and scrotum;
    • nausea and vomiting;
    • fever;
    • painful urination or penile discharge; and
    • pain with sexual intercourse, pain with ejaculation, or blood in the urine or semen.

When to Seek Medical Care

Individuals should view testicular pain as an emergency until proven otherwise. Promptly call your health-care professional if you develop testicular pain.

If you cannot contact a medical care professional, go directly to a hospital's emergency department.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2015

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