What Are The Causes And Differences In Acute And Chronic Epididymitis?

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Afternoon .. I want to ask, what is the difference between acute and chronic epididymitis. So what are the causes? Thx

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Hi jeremyamoraamara,

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The epididymis is the sperm duct that is located behind the testes. This channel functions to store and distribute ejaculatory fluid, which contains sperm cells and semen. Due to a number of reasons, such as sexually transmitted infections (for example gonorrhea or chlamydia), other viral or bacterial infections, backflow of urine to the epididymis, pelvic injuries, or tuberculosis, the epididymis can become inflamed or known as epididymitis. This inflammation can be acute or chronic. Epididymitis is said to be chronic if it does not improve or recurs very frequently in 6 weeks or more. In contrast to acute epididymitis, often, chronic epididymitis occurs without a known cause.

Epididymitis can make sufferers feel a variety of complaints, including swollen testicles, redness, feeling warm, and also pain. This pain can also radiate to the genitals when urinating, accompanied by clumping, and pain in the area of ​​the lower abdomen or pelvis. Often, the sufferer also has abnormal secretions and even blood from his penis, or he also has a fever.

The diagnosis of epididymitis can be confirmed through a structured interview, accompanied by a physical examination, as well as supporting tests, for example examining urethral secretions, examining blood, urine, or also ultrasound. The treatment can later be given according to the cause of the epididymitis. If the disease is suspected to be due to a bacterial infection, the doctor will generally prescribe antibiotics. Other treatments can also be given if the causes of epididymitis are different and according to the symptoms the sufferer complains about. In some cases, epididymitis that is severe enough to cause an abscess to form can be treated with surgery (epididymectomy).

That's all for our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with a urological surgeon.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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