Epididymitis is an inflammation of the epididymis. The epididymis is a tube at the back of the testicles that stores and carries sperm. When this tube becomes swollen, it can cause pain and further swelling in the testicles.
Epididymitis is most common in young men ages 20 to 39. It is estimated that every year one in 1,000 men develop epididymitis.
MicroGenDX test used in diagnosing epididymitis
An evaluation and culture (growing microbes from your sample in a lab) are often used to diagnose epididymitis. However, standard cultures may come back negative even when you actually do have this infection, and that means it won’t be treated. A MicroGenDX test detects the DNA of all microbes in your sample, along with how much of each is present, and uses that information to identify causes of your infection and the drugs that can best treat it.
Medical specialties treating epididymitis
Epididymitis can be treated by a primary care physician or urologist.
How epididymitis is treated
Epididymitis is treated with antibiotics. It is important to complete the full course of medication as it is prescribed, even when symptoms begin to clear up before you are treated. Pain relievers may also be prescribed, along with bed rest.