Inflammation of the epididymis, a structure within the scrotum attached to the backside of the testis. The epididymis is a coiled segment of the spermatic ducts that serves to store, mature and transport spermatozoa between the testis and the vas (the vas deferens). Epididymitis is can be caused by bacteria that are sexually acquired, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, or bacteria that come from elsewhere such as E. coli from the bowel. Sometimes no bacteria are found associated with the inflammation of the epididymis. Epididymitis caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotics. If gonorrhea or chlamydia are suspected, both ceftriaxone and doxycycline are often used. If bowel microbes are suspected, ofloxacin may be used.
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ep·i·did·y·mi·tis -.did-ə-'mīt-əs n inflammation of the epididymis

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inflammation of the epididymis. The usual cause is infection spreading down the vas deferens from the bladder or urethra, resulting in pain, swelling, and redness of the affected half of the scrotum. The inflammation may spread to the testicle (epididymo-orchitis). Treatment is by administration of antibiotics and analgesics.

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epi·did·y·mi·tis (ep″ĭ-did″ə-miґtis) inflammation of the epididymis.

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  • Epididymitis — Ep i*did y*mi tis, n. [NL. See {Epididymis}, and { itis}.] (Med.) Inflammation of the epididymis, one of the common results of gonorrhea. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Epididymitis — Infobox Disease Name = Epididymitis Caption = 1: Epididymis 2: Head of epididymis 3: Lobules of epididymis 4: Body of epididymis 5: Tail of epididymis 6: Duct of epididymis 7: Deferent duct (ductus deferens or vas deferens) DiseasesDB = 4342… …   Wikipedia

  • Epididymitis — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 N45 Orchitis und Epididymitis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • epididymitis — ▪ disease       inflammation of the epididymis (epididyme), the cordlike structure that runs along the posterior of the testis (testicle) and contains spermatozoa. In young men, epididymitis is most often caused by sexually transmitted agents… …   Universalium

  • epididymitis — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1852 inflammation of the epididymis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • epididymitis — noun inflammation of the epididymis …   Wiktionary

  • Epididymitis — Epi|di|dy|mi|tis, die; , ...mitiden (Med.): Entzündung der Nebenhoden …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Epididymitis — Epi|didymi̱tis [zu ↑Epididymis] w; , ... miti̱den (in fachspr. Fügungen: ...mi̱tides): Nebenhodenentzündung …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • Epididymitis — Epi|di|dy|mi|tis die; , ...mitiden <zu ↑...itis> Nebenhodenentzündung (Med.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • epididymitis — ep·i·did·y·mi·tis …   English syllables

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