What is testicle pain?

Testicle pain is a common symptom of injury, inflammation or infection. Testicle pain can be a result of infection of the epididymis or the testicle itself. Injury leading to swelling is a common cause of testicle pain.

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Depending on the cause, pain may occur in one or both testicles and may be accompanied by testicular swelling, penile discharge, blood in the semen, or fever. Testicular torsion, a serious condition, may lead to sudden pain in the testicle that may be associated with light-headedness, nausea with or without vomiting, and pain.

In rare cases, pain of the testicle is a symptom of testicular cancer; however, testicular cancer is usually associated with a painless lump. The viral infection mumps can lead to testicle pain, as well as other symptoms such as swollen salivary glands, sore throat, and fever. An inguinal hernia, in which abdominal contents protrude into the groin, can be mistaken for an enlarged testicle and may cause testicle pain. Also, the pain from a kidney stone may sometimes be felt in the testicle.

In some cases, testicle pain can be due to a serious condition called testicular torsion. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for the sudden onset of severe pain and swelling in the testicle, which may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Seek prompt medical care if you notice gradual enlargement of the testicle, discomfort, or redness.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with testicle pain?

Testicle pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the testicle may also involve other body systems.... Read more about testicle painsymptoms

CAUSES

What causes testicle pain?

Testicle pain is a common symptom of injury, inflammation or infection. Injury leading to inflammation is a common cause of testicle pain. Depending on the cause, pain may occur in one or both testicles and may be accompanied by scrotal pain, blood in semen, painful ejaculation, penile discharge, or fever.... Read more about testicle paincauses

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