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How are male genital problems diagnosed?

There are a variety of ways that doctors may diagnose male genital problems. Most of the time, diagnosis begins with a physical exam and a review of symptoms. If doctors suspect an infection or sexually transmitted disease, they may take a urine sample to test for certain bacteria or other indicators. In some cases, they may take a sample by swabbing the inside of the urethra and then analyze the sample under a microscope. Blood tests may also be used to test for certain viruses or other indicators of male genital problems. If the genital problem is caused by cancer or a suspected blood flow issue, doctors may perform imaging tests such as ultrasounds or other scans to look for any abnormalities.

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