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Epididymal Cyst

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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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Im 17 and have had 3 Epididym cysts across both testes for a few years now. I am not sure if they are infected but every few months the left testicle inflames and the cysts grow in size. Whenever this happens it causes me unbearable pain, which i wpuld describe as excruciating. It is incredibly painful to even move. Ive just gone to hospital as this occurred again yesterday and hopefully surgery is being scheduled to remove them





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Hi, I have just this morning noticed that at the tip of my penis on the inside of the opening that one of the 'lips' is a different shape to the other and doesn't look smooth as the other. have you any idea what this may be? Thanks





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My bf has been recently diagnosed with an epidermal cyst. He was prescribed antibiotics for this although he said he was told it wasn't infected. Is this normal - as a lot of things I've looked up online say they would only treat if infected or causing so much bother that they needed to remove and he's told me that neither exist. Should I be concerned?





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I am 23 i have had two operation in my left testis due to it not normally descending to the scrotum. after the second surgery there have been pain and swelling like a cysts please help





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I have had this a couple of times before and each one was sorted out with an operation. It has now come back a third time and the GP referred me for an Ultrasound scan just to be sure. The ultrasound specialist confirmed it was an epididymal cyst during the scan and indicated it often happens if a man has a vasectomy. ANY lump should be checked-out with a visit to the GP, but don't be surprised if they shine a hand torch through the scrotum. If the lump shines 'like a light bulb' then it is likely to be a cyst which is uncomfortable but not life threatening.





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Hello! Now I am 27 years old. I had been suffering from cyst on my right side Epididymis from 2 years ago. I have 3.4*4:00 MM fluid cysts. It have been really uncomfortable in my daily life style. But Doctor had suggested to me no need worry about this cysts even Doctor didn't prescribed me any medicine as well. So in this case should I do surgery?Could please give me the some suitable suggestions! Will be appropriate





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I have some small bumps on my scrotum. I visted the hospital and the doctor said its cyst. I want to know the side effects of it.





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I am 63 years and have a cyst and multiple cysts on my right testicle. The largest cyst is as big as the testicle. Can I avoid surgery?





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Prakash, I am of similar age to you and also had a similar problem. Have just had the cyst removed about 2 weeks ago. Still quite uncomfortable and tender and swollen. The right testicle was 2x the normal size and at present is 3x normal due to swelling. I would suggest that you put the op off until it is really too uncomfortable to bear any longer.

Been suffering since May 2015 with a pain in my left testicle I had 28 days of antibiotics and finally had a scan in November 2015 and they said I had a couple of cyst and it looked like had sufferd with a bad infection at some point. The pain is becoming unbearable especially when touched and after sex. I will be going back to the docs. Does anyone know how long then process takes to get sorted and d what the average recovery time ?





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hi ive had a cyst on my left testicle since i was about 16 and another on my right since about 20. im now 22 and its gotten pretty big, thier very uncomfortable and i need them gone. i went to the doctors when i was about 17 and they said it was nothing to worry about and that i didnt need to treat it ect, but i have always been extremely embarressed about it. also at around 18 i started getting softer erections which has had a massive impact on my sex life and made it evan harder to go to the doctors. i went back again about the cyst but was to afraid to talk about the erection problem which is stupid, but i couldnt help it. i got to 21 and i can no longer get a full erection, and finally worked up the courage to tell the doctor, he was a terible doctor aswell and didnt evan have a look, and just gave me some viagra which didnt work very well and made me feel like shit. im going back tomorrow to a new doctor to get eveything properly checked out, but has anyone had this erectile disfunction problem possible related to the cysts ?





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I have the very same problem. I have a large cyst on my right testicle since my teens. It has severely affected my sex life and am on cialis. I went to see a urologist and he said that it was nothing to worry about. It is extremely painful. I can't maintain an erection without medication. I was advised that I shouldn't do anything about it until I have a family due to the intricacies of that area and incase they nipped something that they shouldn't.

I also had a cyst since 10 years and finally went to doctor which he said was epididymal cyst and benign. It feels discomforting at times when I masturbate but pain goes away if I abstain. I don't think your erectile problem is due to cyst as its the brain and nerve impulses that causes erection. Stop any porn and masturbation and keep it to minimum once a week and see wonders happening.





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