A case of an asymptomatic hypoechoic testicular mass in the setting of contralateral orchitis

Richard E.A. Morris, Alexander R. Guimaraes

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Background: A 28-year-old heterosexual man presented to an emergency department with a 2-day history of left testicular pain and swelling that began after he started having unprotected sex with a new partner. He also had a 1-day history of fever and chills. Investigations: Physical examination, urinalysis, complete blood count, polymerase chain reaction testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia, serial scrotal ultrasonography with color Doppler imaging, and measurement of serum tumor marker levels. Diagnosis: Left orchitis with right testicular mass suspicious for malignancy. Management: The patient received antibiotic therapy (ceftriaxone and azithromycin), which resulted in resolution of his presenting symptoms. He was discharged from hospital with plans to undergo follow-up evaluation by the urology service. He opted to delay surgical intervention; repeat ultrasonography at 4 weeks revealed signs consistent with treated left-sided orchitis and revealed near-complete resolution of the right-sided lesion. The patient's right-sided mass probably represented subclinical bacterial orchitis, which responded to antibiotic therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-112
Number of pages5
JournalNature Clinical Practice Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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