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Conditions

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.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on testicular cysts >

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Definitely get it checked out. I was too embarrassed to see the doctor about it and spent several years worrying about it. When I actually plucked up the courage to see a doctor any embarrassment was overshadowed by an enormous sense of relief. Various tests were done, completely painlessly, and the operation carried out within a couple of months of my first visit. I wish now I'd gone years ago.





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I have something a lump or a bump inside on the top back of my testicle this happens. When. I rode my bike please help me what is this? I'm scared. I pray and pray:( I'm 14





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When I was a lad my left testicle swelled, but returned to normal. However, in adult life the left one swelled up again and is now quite large. It is quite solid (hard) and I felt it should be completely removed. I did have a scan and was told it was mostly 'debris' that was the cause of the problem. I was assured it was not cancerus, but I never expected it would be. If I could live with it fine. However, one thing it seems to have affected is any sexual activity, since, if there is any, it just causes swelling and an ache. I have always been reluctant to have anything done and call in to question whether any sexual activity would be curtailed once the operation is carried out. I am 67+ years old. I do not want to appear on the programme. That would be too embarrassing!





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Im 16 male ive found something that matchs this cyst will it go away? Im to scared to go to the family GP





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I just got back this afternoon from my family doctor. I have what is now is an epidydimal cyst from having an ultrasound. It is so much better to know it's something like this and not worse like cancer. Don't be embarrassed to talk to ur parents and go to the doctor! Not know is worse.....

I just got back this afternoon from my family doctor. I have what is now is an epidydimal cyst from having an ultrasound. It is so much better to know it's something like this and not worse like cancer. Don't be embarrassed to talk to ur parents and go to the doctor! Not know is worse.....

I HAD LAPARASCOPIC HERNIA REPAIR ON MY LEFT GROIN ON JULY/13 AND AFTER THAT I DEV ELOPED AN EPIDIDYMIST CYST ON SAME SIDE WHICH I BELIEVE IS A BYPRODUCT OF THIS OPERATION. NOW, IT SEEMS TO ME THERE ARE DIFFERENT OPINIONS AS IF THIS CYST WILL DISAPPEAR OVER TIME. IT DOESNT BOTHER ME MUCH EVEN DURING INTERCOURSE. PLEASE LET ME NOW IF I SHOULD HARBOR ANY HOPES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO OTHER PROCEDURES. THKS





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i am 23 years old men.and i have a small size epididymal cyst in my right hand side testicle for over 2 years.it gave sever pain in my right leg also and testicle. what can i do.how can this problem solve. please reply me,i am very affraid about this. please help me.





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Do not ask on here go and see a doctor, a scan takes 3 minutes in the hospital, I was the guy below with coconut size, they do not hurt, just very uncomfortable ! I not in any way have medical Knowledge, UI had mine done 5 days ago have been working under a car today..No problem !

Go to urologist or ur doc and request an ultrasound scan

Some re assurance, I had one large cyst and two small ones removed from my left testicle on monday the 10.2 2014, over 5 years my testicle grew to the size of a coconut, hence Thai ladies were calling me Elephant nuts, also at the same time had a biopsy on my prostate, all while under general anaesthetic, all went good with no pain after just uncomfortable, have not taken any pain killer since. Make sure to wear the support they fit you with, also they will not let you go from hospital until you urinate, all seems to be healing up good, just have a lot of blood in bottom of scrotum, must check if that needs to be removed. Worst thing of all the anaesthetic left me as most people with severe constipation, I did not help myself by eating the wrong foods. I left mine far to long, if it gets pear size "Get it removed" Personally I have nothing but praise for the national health, "there when needed", my age 66 Roy





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My doctor gave me Tamsulosin HCL 0.4 mg For my enlarged prostate, Its the cyst on my nuts That is giving me some discomfort, my question is Should I ask my doctor for antibiotics in hopes of this cyst Going away. I am taking motrain for pain.





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I have two epididymous cysts. One is tiny, the other is 3/4 the size of the testicle I get occasional soreness, heaviness, discomfort, but no pain. I know they can grow. At what size are these normally removed





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Hello basicaly I have three problems with my genital area 1) at the back of my testicals there are what appear to be worm like tubes that have always been there and cause no pain but i just want to know what they could be 2) I have recently gained a large tube on the left hand side of my penis, it runs from the base and goes over an inch up, when errect it swells or is more visible and it is not a vein although has the feel of one. it hasn't always hurt but now it seems to a little or is just there and uncomfortable btw its been here for about 3 months now 3) just yesterday i gained pain when i move my leg in the right testical region, not when i tough it but sudden and random only slight but still there sorry for the bombardment thanks





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All completely normal, everyone has these





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