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Testicle Infection (Epididymitis) (cont.)

What Is the Outlook for Epididymitis?

If treated appropriately with antibiotics, epididymitis should be cured and the individual will have an excellent prognosis (outlook).

The pain should improve within 1-3 days; however, swelling may take several days to resolve.

However, complications are possible, including:

  • Sterility: If the epididymitis involves both sides and is untreated, sterility may result (rarely, sterility can still occur even with antibiotic treatment).
  • Scrotal abscess (an infection)
  • Co-infection of the testicle (epididymo-orchitis)
  • Sepsis (spread of infection into the bloodstream)
  • Fournier gangrene (a severe and life-threatening infection of the scrotal area that kills the cells)

The longer treatment is delayed, the more likely the above complications may develop and thus reduce the individual's outcome to only fair to poor, depending on the severity of the complications.


CDC. "Gonococcal Infections; Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guideliens, 2010." Updated: Jan 28, 2011.

Ching, CB. "Epididymitis." Medscape. Updated: Dec 09, 2016.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2017

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