Conditions that affect your child’s reproductive system can be quite painful – and painful or difficult to discuss. One example is epididymitis – infection and inflammation of the epididymis, a long coiled tube that collects and stores maturing sperm.
Younger boys can develop the condition following a urinary tract infection, an injury or trauma to the groin and, occasionally, after a case of mumps. It can also be a symptom of other serious problems. Teenagers can be affected too, since the condition also can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases.
Epididymitis symptoms include:
Because the infection and swelling can cause so much pain and lead to complications, it's important to seek treatment right away. Treating any condition involving the reproductive system demands sensitivity and respect for your child’s privacy.
Our pediatricians at Mercy are trained to diagnose epididymitis and address the infection while making your son feel comfortable and secure.