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ABSCESS OF EPIDIDYMIS

ABSCESS OF EPIDIDYMIS

Clinical History

A male aged 74, admitted with acute urinary retention due to prostatic hyperplasia died a few days after trans-urethral prostatectomy. Necropsy revealed pyelonephritis and bilateral adrenal haemorrhage

Pathology

The specimen includes testis, epididymis and cord. The testis and epididymus have been bisected and mounted to display the cut surface. The testis and cord are normal. The tail of the epididymis contains an abscess 1.5 cm in diameter which has resulted in oligno compression and distortion of the lower pole of the adjacent testis. This is an abscess of the epididymis complicating a trans-urethral resection of the prostate.