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What viruses can cause orchitis?

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The virus that causes mumps can cause orchitis. Most common in young boys (rare in boys younger than 10 years), orchitis begins 4 to 6 days after mumps begins. A third of boys with mumps will have orchitis and end up with a condition called testicular atrophy (shrinking of the testicles). That’s one reason it's important for all children, boys especially, to have shots to protect them from the mumps.

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health. Trojian, T. April 2009. Am Fam Physician,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health. Trojian, T. April 2009. Am Fam Physician,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

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