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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.

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

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I am 24 and I have some frequent testicle pain, mostly the left one and the pain goes around left and right testicle, I went for a sonar and I was discovered with some simple cysts and the largest is 0.72-0.68cm. Is those cysts the reason of the pain? Or there is maybe something else? Please do leave a comment I am already scared about it.





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Hi I'm a 49 yr old man, I was diagnosed with two epidydimal cysts on my left testicle which grew to 2 cm each. It was uncomfortable , so I fought to have them removed with surgery. After multiple visits to various doctors, , an ultrasound and finally the go ahead with a consultant. Just had surgery 8 days ago, whilst it has been painful and debilitating over that period I am happy I did it . I urge anyone with this condition to seek help, and get it sorted . I feel like a new man, Even if you have to walk like John Wayne for a couple of weeks .





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I have cysts all over and dry cracked skin wich is itcy and I get stomach pains. I have had them wen i was 17 so 10yrs. They started small so i ignored them now I have to have full skin graft and surgery basicly i have to have another scrotum made. The removal of my upper legs skin to create one is the most daunting. I'll be going to hospital soon but I have a four month recovery period. The surgery is covered by NHS. Anyone else had this ? My g.p said it rare they get to this stage but if ur have got them dont be worried they won't kill you. But will cause pain if untreated.





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I have pain in my back and both testicles. when I went to the doctor they told me I had an epididymal cyst in one and hydrocele in the other. I also suffer from hemeroids. what can I do besides the antibiotics they gave me?





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I've got quiet a few lumps over my testicles with a couple harder. I got them checks out a couple years ago and was over the moon to find out that they weren't cancerous. It does become slightly uncomfortable sometimes but no pain. Im thinking about getting them removed because I feel self conscious and is the main reason why I haven't gone all out seeking out a gf and at 22 this is just not what I want to be thinking about. Any advice? Surgery is pretty daunting





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dude, you are young. get it taken care of. i am 40+ and 4 days post op.. The pain is horrible and my testicle is the size of a baseball. i do not see the rewards yet. my cyst was the size of a walnut.. the doctor said i could live with it forever... however, it was like i had 3 testicles. so being self conscious i had it removed. i do not know if it was a good idea yet. my doctor now says the swelling can last weeks and that it is normal. If i were young i think recovery could be quicker... the problem with the cysts... they can come back. if i find a new one in there - i would pass on the Surgery... because like i said. This recover so far has been the worst four days of my life. it is like someone is kicking me in the nuts non-stop and i have a baseball in my shorts.. and my normal testicle is hurting now too. Also i have not had an erection yet.. i hope it still works. The Dr. assured me it would and does.. but i kind of want know for sure. I showed my wife and she is like GROSS.. Good luck dude.

Does anyoe know if it is common for Epidymal Cysts to return? I had one removed 18 months ago and now I feel like it has returned bigger.





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Hi. At least im not alone :) I have noticed a lump on my right testicle seen a GP and got a referral for urologist in 2 days,i recently got told i don't produce any sperm can the 2 be linked? Thank you





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I am currently on my third course of antibiotic for epididymis and it is frightening, it's having a huge effect on my day to day life and it's pulling my relationship apart. It started 6 weeks ago and has been going since then. The pain goes when I sit or lay down but due to being a plumber I am up and down all day. I really want this to go! The third Dr I seen has referred me for an ultrasound which I am waiting for. This is so depressing! Feels like no one cares when I try to talk about it.





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im 49yr old male,i believe I suffer from hypogonadism,i can only produce a liitle amount of semen & it takes me about 5-6 weeks every time to do so,ive had a left sided varicocele since my teenage days,over the past few years ive accuired a right sided epidimyst cyst,ive been on methadone daily for over 18 yrs,for the past 5 yrs ive trebled my testosterone levels to an above average level,please help me as I don't know which illness has made me like this from one of the ones ive described above,any info would be appreciated! john





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Hi, I was messing around a last week and a lego brick was thrown at me and hit me on the left testicle. I was wearing tracksuit bottoms (very loose) but the pain felt like was kicked. Usually the paid is gone within 10 mins but it is still sore today. I went to my GP yesterday and she thinks it could be a cyst. There is a lump there which is quite painful when touched. After looking online i have discovered that Cysts dont usually cause pain unless they are infected. I dont know what to do. Do i go to the doctors and demand a second opinion? She did say that she will book an ultra sound for the end of Jan. but what if the pain gets worse? It is throbbing now! Thanks.





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