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Re: Testicular cancer? Epididymitis? Resolution time?
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Re: Testicular cancer? Epididymitis? Resolution time?

Posted By Steve on June 11, 1999 at 14:08:31
I have throbbing pain in the right testicle - entire testicle is swollen. My doctor said probably epididymitis, but I am skeptical because the entire testicle seems to be involved.
At any rate, he put me on Doxycycline for epididymitis, for 3 weeks.  Well, the three weeks have passed, and I still have the pain, but not as much.
My question is: First, is this epididymitis or testicular cancer? Second, if epididymitis, how long can I expect the antibiotics to take to heal my pain?  3 weeks already...
Thanks!
Steve




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Posted By HFHS M.D.-AK on June 14, 1999 at 13:11:17
Dear Steve,
Your doctor has treated you as a patient with epididymitis and possible STD.  If the antibiotics are working, the pain often subsides within two weeks.  Usually, the pain is gone but the swelling takes several months the disappear.  If your pain continues, I would change your antibiotic to broad spectrum coverage (Cipro) and take an anti-inflammatory medication (Motrin, Aleve, Advil)
In your case the list of possible problems would consist of:
1)Infection (epididymitis);Inflammation
2)Spermatocele
3)varicocele
4)hydrocele
5)tesicular cancer
6)Torsion of the testicle
7)Inguinal hernia
All of the above possibilities can be ruled out with a good physical exam, and an ultrasound.  Speak to your doctor and get their opinion.
This information is provided for general medical educational purposes only.  Please consult your physician for diagnostic and treatment options pertaining to your specific medical condition.  More individualized care is available at the Henry Ford Hospital and its satellites (1 800 653-6568).
Sincerely,
HFHS M.D.-AK
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