Epididymitis

  1. General information
    1. Inflammation of epididymis, one of the most common intrascrotal infections
    2. May be sexually transmitted, usually caused by N. gonorrhoeae, C. trachomatis; also caused by GU instrumentation, urinary reflux
  2. Assessment findings
    1. Sudden scrotal pain, scrotal edema, tenderness over the spermatic cord
    2. Diagnostic test: urine culture reveals specific organism
  3. Nursing interventions
    1. Administer antibiotics and analgesics as ordered.
    2. Provide bed rest with elevation of the scrotum.
    3. Apply ice packs to scrotal area to decrease edema.

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