Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inflamed Epididymis Underlying Cause

The most common cause of epididymitis is infection by bacteria. Bacteria in the urethra or bladder spread through the vas deferens, and into the epididymis.

Bacteria that cause epididymitis include:

Rare causes of 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 Inflamed Epididymis References
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