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Epididymal Cyst

An epididymal cyst is a smooth, fluid-filled lump found on the testicles. Although some men may worry that they are a sign of cancer or another serious problem, epididymal cysts are in fact benign and thus not a health risk.

The cysts form when fluid builds up in a tube behind the testicles called the epididymis, which stores and transports sperm. It is possible to have more than one cyst at a time and they can appear on both testicles. Up to a third of men are affected by this condition and the cysts can develop at any time in life, although it is most likely to occur in those who are middle-aged.

Epididymal cysts can be very small, but some can grow to the same size as a testicle or even as large as a grapefruit! There are normally no symptoms unless a cyst becomes infected, in which case it may drain fluid and become painful or swollen. Larger epididymal cysts can cause some discomfort, which is usually the reason why some men opt to have them removed. This procedure involves a simple operation to cut the cyst out of the epididymis. However, if a cyst is not infected and does not cause any pain or discomfort, it is not necessary to treat it.

Although epididymal cysts are benign, it is still important to get any new or unusual lumps and bumps in your genital area checked out by a GP.

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what should be done if the left testicle shape is changed because of a hit or is it normal





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i had my surgery to rite tesicle 2 yrs back.still the pain is there in genital area,buttocks and feeling pain while urination.please dont gor surgery friends.i went to a fit for nothing fellow for surgery.please dont do mistake in hurry.seek multiple advices from different urologists.





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I have a cyst on my testical a but it's recently got quite swollen (it went from the size of a pea to the size of a grape) and went a bit bruised what can I do about it I'm really embarrassed about it and it makes me uncomfortable with girlfriend.





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I have had one epdidymal cyst for years above my left testicle, but recently it has changed to two, plus a third small lump. Whatever the quantity of them, I've always found that masturbating at least once a week helps to relieve the painful pressure inside these cysts. But frankly, now I'm in my 70's and don't get erections like I used to, this masturbating is really no fun at all - in fact it's rather unpleasant. What I cannot understand is why ANY doctor, when told that a cyst (or cysts) like this cause serious discomfort and even pain, fails to recommend what is -- apparently -- quite simple surgery to remove the cyst(s). For me the pain is much worse in winter when it's cold. Then my balls, and the cysts above them recede into my lower abdomen, where they are extremely painful. Then I would even be willing to undergo complete castration!!





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My 11 yr old son has just had emergency surgery to remove a twisted epididymal appendix cyst. The pain started in his groin and moved to his testicle. Surgeon was going to send him home with antibiotics thinking it was a rash but another consultant recognised the blue discolouration under the skin and had him in theatre within 30 minutes.





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I have a pimple on my right testicle actually on the testical not the sack. It causes no pain and is similar to a teenage spot only its hard and does not burst. Its stayed the same size and i keep checking it regularly.ive had it a few months now but it hasnt gone away.





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I have a cyst on the back of my left testical and also explain it to look like a spot now I believe these have come and gone maybe in past maybe not? How ever this one then grew in size to a grape size, I went doctors first time he checked me over must say very easy experience got to be done the said he's happy it will or should pop or discharge its self and give me strong antibiotics, that evening it went dark reddy colour then burst with horrible stuff coming out not nice so showered cleaned up went to hospital next day, the nurses took a look cleaned it up and patched up need go back tomorrow to have same done quite nice haha now I'm resting feels a bit in comfortable so need to rest well I am got a hole like 1 cm so half cm deep so that to me means look after it good luck to all what ever your pains - I'm 32

I have 3 cyst on my testicles and have been in and out of the hospital for at least 3 months and all they seem to do be doing ATM is sending me home with anti biotics and pain killers last time I was there they offered me surgery and I said yes I'll take it and then I got refused it





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I have 3 cyst on my testicles and have been in and out of the hospital for at least 3 months and all they seem to do be doing ATM is sending me home with anti biotics and pain killers last time I was there they offered me surgery and I said yes I'll take it and then I got refused it





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I have cyst inside my left testicle which has been confirmed by my gp, I ent for a scan and nothing showed up. What can I do now.





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I'm 17 years old, I recently had a sharp pain on my left testicle, I was told by my friend that it might be torsion (twisted testicle), the pain didn't go away so the next day I went to the doctors, he told me it was an infected cyst and gave me ciprofloxacin to try and cure it, I have never had sex except for oral sex from my girlfriend who is really clean, hopefully it's just a cyst and nothing else! Is there any other infection I can get from this?! I'm so worried !!





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