ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Epididymitis may eventually cause:
- Scrotal abscess, when infected tissue fills with pus
- Chronic epididymitis, which can occur when untreated acute epididymitis leads to recurrent episodes
- Shrinkage of the affected testicle (atrophy)
- Reduced fertility, but this is rare
If the condition spreads from your epididymis to your testicle, the resulting condition is known as epididymo-orchitis. Signs, symptoms and treatment options are basically the same as they are for epididymitis.
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