According to a case study published in the scientific journal «The American Journal of Emergency Medicine», a group of physicians from the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium indicate that, despite being scarce, complications have been reported in the area of male genitalia during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Specialists recall that SARS viruses can cause orchitis – inflammation of the testicles – and although they acknowledge that there have been no records during the pandemic, the case of a patient with testicle pain seems to trigger some alarms.
The subject of the case study is a 37-year-old man who showed up in the emergency area with pain in the testicles. In addition, he developed fever, cough, muscle pain and fatigue. Fifteen days earlier the patient had tested positive for Covid-19, developed the symptoms of the new coronavirus within 10 days, while 3 days prior to his arrival at the emergency room he started the pain in his genitals.
After studying, the subject tested negative for sexually transmitted diseases. Her chest x-ray showed opacity in the lung area, which is common in patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Finally, ultrasound of his testicles showed increased blood presence.
Although the article addresses the case of a single man, the authors recall that a similar case was previously recorded in a 14-year-old. They also noted that semen infected with the virus has shown impacts on sperm quality, meaning it could affect fertility and indicated that thrombotic complications could affect the genitourinary system
Cases of unusual symptoms should be considered, specialists ensure, so that it is possible to continue to know the virus and be able to detect it as soon as possible.
Orchitis, depending on age, is usually caused by sexually transmitted diseases or urinary bacteria. One of the most common viruses in developing this inflammation is mumps.
With information The Universal