Epididymal calcification

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Epididymal calcification can be seen on ultrasound as hyperechoic foci within the epididymal head. If the calcifications are large enough, then they may demonstrate acoustic shadowing.

Differential diagnosis

  • chronic epididymitis, e.g. bacterial, granulomatous (TB) or genital filariasis 
  • trauma: incidence of 34% in extreme mountain bikers and 8% in equestrians 
  • calcium/phosphate metabolism abnormalities: e.g. secondary to haemodialysis

Article information

rID: 6293
System: Urogenital
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Epididymal calcifications

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