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Testicular Pain/Scrotal Pain

Testicular pain can occur in one or both testicles located in the scrotum. The scrotum is the sac that holds the testicles. The testicles are very sensitive, and a minor injury can cause pain or discomfort. Testicular pain should be treated as a serious condition, and medical attention should be sought to rule out conditions such as testicular torsion, in which the blood supply to the testicle is cut off.

SYMPTOMS:

Pain and discomfort to the scrotal/ testicle area are the main symptoms. The onset may be acute (sudden) from causes like trauma or it can be slower and gradual following a chronic infection.

RISK FACTORS: 

  • Male gender
  • Mumps
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Trauma
  • Prostatitis

EVALUATION & DIAGNOSIS: 

After examining you and discussing your history with you, your practitioner may order an ultrasound to make sure there is no evidence of torsion, which is a twisting of the testicle that cuts off the blood supply. This can cause infertility and is a medical emergency.

TREATMENT: 

The treatment of testicular pain/scrotal pain depends on the diagnosis. The treatment may involve pain relief medication, antibiotics, untwisting of the testicles by a doctor or scrotal surgery.