Acute Scrotum

By Philip E. Gleason, MD


An acute scrotum is a painful, red, swollen scrotum in a boy. This can occur at any age from infancy up to adulthood, but most commonly occurs in pre-pubertal and pubertal boys and teenagers, perhaps from ages 8-18. This can have several different causes, and the symptoms and the pathology, can range from mild and benign, to fairly severe and serious. The symptoms can also occur fairly suddenly. Thus there is a degree of urgency and emergency for these boys to be evaluated and treated. This section will provide introductory information to the differential diagnosis and evaluation and treatment of boys with an acute scrotum.



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