Epididymitis may eventually cause:

  • Scrotal abscess, when infected tissue fills with pus
  • Chronic epididymitis, which can occur when untreated acute epididymitis leads to recurrent episodes
  • Shrinkage of the affected testicle (atrophy)
  • Reduced fertility, but this is rare

If the condition spreads from your epididymis to your testicle, the resulting condition is known as epididymo-orchitis. Signs, symptoms and treatment options are basically the same as they are for epididymitis.

Nov. 02, 2011

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