Font Size

Inflammation of the Testicle (Orchitis) (cont.)

Orchitis Prevention

Certain measures can be taken to reduce the risk of developing orchitis.

  • Immunization against mumps can prevent mumps orchitis.
  • Choose not to have intercourse in high-risk situations where individuals may be exposed to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Condom use reduces the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Men older than 50 years of age should have their prostate gland examined during their yearly physical exams.

Orchitis Prognosis

Generally speaking, most cases of viral orchitis and antibiotic treated bacterial orchitis will improve without complications. However, certain potential complications that can be encountered include:

  • Some individuals with orchitis may experience shrinkage (atrophy) of the affected testicle
  • Impaired fertility, or rarely sterility
  • Repeated episodes of epididymitis
  • Scrotal abscess
  • If left untreated, rarely loss of testicle or death.

REFERENCE: Terry, N, MD. "Orchitis." Medscape. Updated: Sep 4, 2016.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017
Medical Author:

Must Read Articles Related to Inflammation of the Testicle (Orchitis)

Chlamydia Chlamydia is a sexual transmitted disease (STD)...learn more >>
E. coli  (Escherichia coli 0157:H7) Infection
E. coli: Escherichia coli 0157:H7, E. coli 0157:H7 Escherichia coli 0157:H7 (E. coli 0157:H7) infections are caused by bacterial. E. coli 0157:H7 is one of the most virulent strains and is passed from person to ...learn more >>
Gonorrhea Gonorrhea is one of the most common learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Inflammation of the Testicle (Orchitis):

Inflammation of the Testicle (Orchitis) - Symptoms

What were your symptoms of testicle inflammation (orchitis)?

Inflammation of the Testicle (Orchitis) - Medical Treatment

What was the medical treatment for your orchitis?

Inflammation of the Testicle (Orchitis) - Causes

What caused your orchitis?

Inflammation of the Testicle (Orchitis) - Experience

Please describe your experience with orchitis.

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Orchitis »

Orchitis is an acute inflammatory reaction of the testis secondary to infection.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary