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Testicle Pain

testicle pain

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Overview

Because of very sensitive, the leading cause of testicle pain is minor injuries to the area. However, pain in the scrotum can be the result of serious conditions that need careful medical evaluation. The pain can be direct from the testis or radiated to. In the last case, you may feel pain in the testicle but it has other reasons. In fact, the cause might be a problem that starts in the groin, abdomen, or somewhere else – for example, kidney stones and some hernias can cause scrotal pain. Sometimes, the causes of pain cannot be identified.

Causes

Testicle pain has a number of possible causes:

  • Testicle injury or blow to the testicles
  • Epididymitis (testicle inflammation)
  • Orchitis (inflammation in the testicle)
  • Hydrocele (fluid buildup that causes swelling of the scrotum)
  • Scrotal masses
  • Testicular torsion (twisted testicle)
  • Varicocele (enlarged veins in the scrotum)
  • Idiopathic testicular pain (unknown cause)
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Kidney stones
  • Mumps
  • Prostatitis (inflammation in the prostate)
  • Prostate pain syndrome (radiated pain from the prostate to the testicle)
  • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes)

Emergencies

Sudden, severe pain can be a sign of testicular torsion – a twisted testicle that can quickly lose its blood supply. This condition requires immediate medical treatment to prevent the loss of the testicle. Testicular torsion can occur in males of any age, although it is more common in adolescents.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have:

  • Sudden, severe testicle pain
  • Pain accompanied by nausea, fever, chills or blood in your urine

Schedule a doctor's visit if you have:

  • Mild testicle pain lasting longer than a few days
  • A lump or swelling in or around a testicle

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