Candida epididymitis: newly recognized opportunistic epididymal infection

Urology. 1993 Mar;41(3):280-2. doi: 10.1016/0090-4295(93)90576-v.


Epididymitis is common, yet it is rarely associated with fungal pathogens. We report a case of Candida albicans epididymitis in a diabetic which was ultimately treated by orchiectomy. Opportunistic infections of the genitourinary tract in immunosuppressed patients are becoming more prevalent; examples include fungal infections in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome or after organ transplant. The fact that opportunistic organisms can invade the epididymis and produce infection suggests that in cases of persistent epididymitis, which have failed to respond to conventional therapy, more aggressive diagnostic procedures should be considered. Needle aspiration with cultures for fungus and viral organisms should be performed. This is especially true in patients with preexisting chronic illness or an immune compromised state.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Candidiasis / complications*
  • Candidiasis / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Epididymitis / microbiology*
  • Epididymitis / surgery
  • Humans
  • Klebsiella Infections / complications*
  • Male
  • Opportunistic Infections / complications*
  • Opportunistic Infections / diagnosis
  • Orchiectomy
  • Urinary Tract Infections / complications*