Testicular/scrotal pain may indicate a serious problem like testicular torsion, so it’s important to take it seriously. The expert urologists at Urology Associates have extensive experience in diagnostics, medical urology, and urologic surgery, allowing them to identify and treat the pain quickly and effectively.
Testicular/scrotal pain is any pain that occurs in your testicles, which are housed inside your scrotum. Generally, testicular and scrotal pain mean the same thing: pain inside the scrotum. Many men experience the following problems when they have testicular pain.
Unusually warm scrotum
Red scrotal skin
Blood in the urine (hematuria)
Testicular pain and its associated symptoms are a major warning sign that could indicate serious conditions like testicular torsion. If you have these symptoms, get in touch with your Urology Associates urologist as soon as possible.
There are many possible reasons for testicular pain, including:
Epididymitis: inflamed epididymis organ behind your testicle
Inguinal hernia: intestinal protrusion into your groin
Testicular torsion: twisted testicle
Orchitis: inflammation that affects one or both testicles
Prostatitis: prostate inflammation
Severe urinary tract infection (UTI)
Kidney stones: if pain radiates downward
Hydrocele: fluid buildup in your scrotum
Spermatocele: fluid buildup in your testicle
Varicocele: varicose vein in your scrotum
Sexually transmitted disease: chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis
Sometimes, external factors can cause testicle pain as well. For example, blunt trauma to the testicle from a collision or other kind of accident can potentially cause serious bruising and pain.
In rare cases, blunt trauma can cause testicular rupture, in which the tunica albuginea (connective tissue in testicles) is torn.
Testicular/scrotal pain diagnosis starts with a physical exam and health history. Your specialist also orders lab tests and possibly imaging studies according to the suspected underlying cause of your pain.
You commonly have a urinalysis and blood test, which help determine whether you have an infection and may identify other causes of testicular pain. If you’re experiencing penile discharge, a sign of sexually transmitted disease, you may need a urethral swab for testing.
Imaging tests may include ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scan, X-ray of your urinary tract, or radionuclide imaging.
Treatment depends on the cause, so it can vary from a course of antibiotics to surgical repair of damaged testicular and scrotal tissue. Most causes of testicular pain are treatable, but getting a prompt evaluation is key in maintaining your long-term health.
We offer testicular/scrotal pain solutions in a stress-free, comfortable environment. For expert care, call your preferred Urology Associates of Mobile location.
If you have further questions or are experiencing symptoms of a urologic condition, call us or schedule an appointment today.