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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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Hi I have epididymal cyst in both the testicles, I am just 23 years old,I have this problem since 1 year sitll unmarried so if I get marriage I will get childrens or not please answer this question as soon as possible, thank you.





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What causes some sort of fluid to appear between either of my testes and my upper thigh and smells like somethig has died.I had a vascectomy some 34 years ago. I am 78 years old,





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i have just come back from hospital i have been offered the surgery i have said yes and now im just awaitng for a scan then the op next year some time although the doctor asked me do i have kids and did i want more i was like what why ask that i hope he said they where only removing the cyst from reading peoples stories is surgery the correct answer?





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I had cysts removed last Friday - in connection with a different, routine-check issue. Removal can be done under local anestethics - quite a simple operation. The first diagnosis for the swelling was hydrocele but when the surgeon accessed the problem it turned out to be epidydimal cysts which he then proceeded to remove. My cyst(s) grew over a period of several years and caused no pain nor discomfort From what I gather, neither hydrocele nor the cysts entail any risks/ dangers and need no action unless you feel uncomfortable. As I mentioned, I had them removed only because it could be done in connection with another issue. I came across your question because I was looking up info on the cysts which is a first-time problem for me; the info mentions one in three men experience the problem. No idea why you should wait a year - maybe pressure on work for the doctor, nor can I see any relevance in his question regarding children; you may ask what he means by that, I don't see the relevance. Maybe you should seek a second opinion.

42 yo. Cyst clear on top left testicle. Also pain that that goes down left leg. I see urologist end of september 2014. Family history of bladder cancer. Iam a swimmer and bicycle for cardio.





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Anyone reading this column may be confused at least one of the comments seems to refer to an external cyst on the skin? which apparently burst.However the pictures at the top show internal cyst which has grown attached to the testicle. Now if you have a painful one of those you are in big trouble. 1st off getting it properly diagnosed as the source of pain . a GP examination might find the cyst an Ultrasound scan probably will but that does not guarantee they have found the pain centre they can only guess.Again however even if the size of an orange removal will not guarantee the pain going . Why not well whether a GP or Consultant Urologist. if they are honest they should say they do not why. How do I know well I am standing at my desktop typing this in severe pain from such a cyst? I have ben waiting 18 weeks for with a month to go for surgery My life meanwhile has been hell for me & my family. the term 21st century medicine means nothing.





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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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