Which lab studies are indicated for suspected epididymitis/orchitis in patients with a suspected hydrocele?

Updated: Oct 28, 2020
  • Author: Jacob C Parke, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Occasionally, a reactive hydrocele occurs in association with underlying testicular infection. Urinalysis and urine culture may be beneficial. Although urinalysis and/or culture results are positive in only 30% of such cases, a positive culture result may be useful in guiding antimicrobial treatment. Symptoms are treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and scrotal elevation.


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