Epididymitis is the inflammation and infection of the epididymis. The epididymis is a tube that is connected each testicle and extends into another tube called vas deferens. It collects and stores maturing sperm made by the testicles prior to ejaculation.
Possible causes of epididymitis:
- urinary tract infections in children
- sexually transmitted infection in sexually active men
- enlargement of the prostate gland in older men
- bacterial infections, possibly spread from the rectal area or following a urological procedure
- injury to the groin