Sometimes acute health problems persist into chronic states. But some chronic diagnoses can also be used to indicate a problem beyond the acutely pointed doctor's finger.

Epididymitis is one such condition that is easily pointed to and easily treated by doctors and urologists. When the problem resists standard protocol, however, it could indicate a larger issue. This is often called "chronic epididymitis," but this term can be misleading when trying to understand the causes and effects of the actual syndrome.

"That's a misnomer," said Kevin McVary, M.D., when presented with the term chronic epididymitis. McVary, who is a urologist and professor for Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Illinois, explained the nomenclature around epididymitis has changed because the etiology of the condition remains unclear.

The correct term is chronic pelvic pain syndrome-male (CPPS), said McVary, who has published more than 400 original, peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, along with multiple