Epididymo-orchitis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Epididymo-orchitis is a condition where there is inflammation of your epididymis and testicle. The epididymis is a bundle of very small tubes found next to each testicle. The epididymis is where sperm from each testicle passes before it goes out of the penis. Epididymo-orchitis usually affects the epididymis and testicle on one side of the scrotum, but it may affect both sides.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

If your condition is not treated, the production of your sperm may decrease. The decreased amounts of sperm may affect your ability to father a child. Inflammation in the epididymis and testicle may cause scarring and change your testicle's size and shape.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

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Medicines:

  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given if epididymo-orchitis was caused by a bacterial infection. Take them as directed.

  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease swelling and pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.

Tests:

  • Lab tests: Blood and urine tests may be done to see if you have an infection. If you have discharge, a small amount of this fluid will be collected and sent to a lab for testing.

  • Ultrasound: An ultrasound uses sound waves to show pictures of your scrotum on a monitor. An ultrasound may show bleeding, lumps, or problems with blood flow.

Treatments:

  • Ice: Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Caregivers put an ice pack on your swollen testicle or scrotum.

  • Scrotal support: Your caregiver may put a pillow or rolled up towel under your scrotum. This helps to support your scrotum and decrease pain.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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