Inflammation of the testicles - Definition

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Inflammation of the testicles is called orchitis. This disease mostly affects teenagers and causes significant pain in the affected testicle. Orchitis is often of viral origin, and its characteristic shape is a side-effect of an infection with the mumps virus. Signs of inflammation other than pain are present because the testicle is often enlarged and the skin of the scrotum is red. When combined with inflammation of the excretory duct of the testicle called the epididymis, this is called epididymo-orchitis, which is often caused by bacteria.