Diagnosis and management of epididymitis

Urol Clin North Am. 2008 Feb;35(1):101-8; vii. doi: 10.1016/j.ucl.2007.09.013.


Epididymitis is a common and morbid condition seen across a wide age range. There are multiple etiologies that may lead to inflammation of the epididymis, including infection, trauma, autoimmune disease, and vasculitis. Although there have been multiple advances in imaging of the scrotum and detection of urinary pathogens, a large portion of cases remain idiopathic. Management of epididymitis is often difficult, but relies on clinical expertise and the use of established clinical guidelines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Epididymitis / diagnosis*
  • Epididymitis / etiology
  • Epididymitis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male