Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bacterial Infection of the Epididymis Evaluation

The evaluation of epididymitis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in males with epididymitis include:

Less common findings include:

The diagnosis of epididymitis is made during physical exam. In some cases, tests may be necessary to exclude conditions that can cause symptoms similar to epididymitis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate epididymitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Bacterial Infection of the Epididymis References
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