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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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Hi there I am only 21yrs of age about 6months ago I felt a small lump on my left testicle it grows and shrinks on its on a bit of pains and discomfort here and there but the lump is free floating I'd say but its at the button of my left testicle but can move anywhere in the scrotum I haven't checked could it be cancer please help





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I don't know how to explain my problems, but i have to, i actually was going through my balls and i found a lump that was kind of not wanting to move, i freaked out thinking it was cancer i constantly disturbed it to be sure it's not cancer, unfortunately for me something struck me after alot of pressure on it, it was a pain after 20minutes, although i have cyst i also pressured it during my thorough investigation, trust me i did an ultrasound and nothing was found. My question is that could it be that the pressure i constantly mounted on both the cyst and the lump(movable) ignited the pain? my testes has drammatically reduced too, please some1 should help.





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mainly when im sitting my testicles seem to swell and feel very warm and sweaty i have some pain in the right side of my scrotum has anyone experienced this?





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Do you have to stay in the hospital for this procedure





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Hi my partner had an operation a month ago to remove two cysts one on each side of his groin. On sunday he was a bit sensitive, on monday morning he felt a lump, which i thought could have been scar tissue. However, yesterday he was in pain in work and he was up all night in pain. When he got up this morning, to our horror, it burst slightly, so it is obviously another cyst. My partner is seriously angry about this because, although he was told they could come back, he never expected it so soon. I am making him an appointment with the GP today. I feel so sorry for him as he is in so much pain.





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Hi I have two cysts on my epididymis one on each testicle, they was fine for a while and my GP said they were fine but to return if they changed in size or caused me pain. I returned as I found another and a tube at the left of my testicle cause me a little bit of pain, my Gp had a good old feel and said it was fine. Since my first visit to now I have noticed my testicles have shrunk in size, they don't hang as much as they did and I've had some really bad pain with them that escalated to the pit of my stomach. I went to A and E straight away were another doc examined me and had an ultra sound by another, they both assured me there was nothing but the two cysts which were still small and a calcium fliction on each teste they sent the info to my GP and told me to go see him, until them take pain killers. I haven't seen him yet but since then I've had the same pain and often my testes are quite reclusive and feel really tight the size is also eating away at my confidence as I'm embarrassed at how small they are now, just looking for some reassurance or similar situations until I see my gP next. I can't get the idea out of my head that something is really wrong. Filled with worry. Really appreciate some feed back. Thanks





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I'm 39 and I had a half inch cyst on sky's right side and a stage 3 verecocele on the left side both operated on 5 days ago. It had been bothering me 25 years for the verecocele, and about 10 years for the cyst. The surgery went good and was doing ok but painful until yesterday and now it's swelling more. Still manageable. Scrotum purple. Groin has a 4 inch incision for verocele surgery which is very sore. Sometimes I bleed a tiny bit after a shower but mostly just black and blue. Definitely won't be working for another week. Two weeks off for sure on this one. Doc says no sex for a month. Surgery is impossible to say if it worked since it's very painful afterwards. Lots of pain meds and constipation. Yesterday I sat up too long and made it swell up pretty big which was scary. Urology is in the middle ages. Mostly because men stay quiet about it all. Lots of stigma. Good luck dudes.





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im a female partner. and my partner has Epididymal Cyst. can I get infections tho sex with him?





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Yes you will Claire (female partner) In fact you shouldn't touch him at all given the infection possibilities. BTW, did you read any of the article above?

its Prostatitis hes got. can I get infection from that? thanks

when i was young my right testis did not come down so i had an operation to put it in the correct place and it was successful but now problem is the risht testis is swelling some times. it does not happen every day and when it happens its is paining. and after one or two days it will go automatically and then no pain and everything is normal and i am only 20 years old it started happening may be 1 year ago. what is the problem???





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Thanks for all the comments and insights. I am 50 with several cysts that I have probably had for years. I went to the urologist last week because of a hydrocele (nearly 9cm) and they found the cysts with the ultrasound. Going to have surgery on March 31, 2015 to remove/repair all. Will let you know how it goes.





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