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What is a testicular lump?
Lumps are common findings in the testicle or scrotal area that can be caused by swelling, fluid build-up, cysts, infection or inflammation. Most of the time, these lumps are not testicular cancer.
What are the symptoms of a testicular lump?
Depending on the cause of the lump, signs and symptoms can include: A new lump or abnormality forming; a dull ache or sudden pain; swelling of one or both testicles; swelling of the scrotum (the sac that houses the testicles); warmth, redness or …
What causes a testicular lump?
Testicular lumps can be caused by a number of conditions related to the testicles and scrotum. These can include epidiymo-orchitis, torsion, hydrocele, varicocele, epididymal cysts, and testicular cancer.
Who gets testicular lumps?
Testicular lumps can affect all males. There is an increased risk for people born with undescended testes, who have had an accident involving the testicles, or have had a sexually-transmitted infection (STI).
How is a testicular lump diagnosed?
Your doctor can diagnose a testicular lump with a physical examination. Additional tests including a blood cell count, urine analysis, STI tests and ultrasound can also be used to help determine the cause of the lump.
How is a testicular lump treated?
Depending on the cause of the testicular lump, different treatments are required. In most cases of hydroceles, varicoceles and epididymal cysts, no treatment is required. Minor surgery may be performed if the swelling becomes uncomfortable or painful. …
Will a testicular lump clear on its own?
If you have found a lump in your testicle, it is best to have it checked by your doctor, who will be able to identify the cause and what treatment, if any, is required.
Is it safe to have sex with a testicular lump?
It is best to consult your doctor to identify the cause of the lump. If the cause is STI-related, there is a risk of passing on an infection to your sexual partner.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 17 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Testicular cancer