Benign Testicular Lumps

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Causes of testicular lumps

Most testicular lumps and swellings are harmless and will resolve without treatment (less than four in 100 cases are cancer).

It is relatively common for both boys and men to suffer from testicular lumps and swellings. They have various causes, and in the majority of cases, they are benign (non-cancerous) and may not need treatment. It is important to know what is normal for your own body. If you notice any changes, including lumps or swellings, it is a good idea to see a doctor to determine the cause.

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Statistics​

Survive Testicular Cancer For 10 Or More Years
0 %
Men Are Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer Each Year In The UK
0
UK Males Will Be Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer In Their Lifetime
0 In 220
Of Men Over 50 Develop An Enlarged Prostate
0 %

Why is my testicle swollen?

Swelling of the testicle, also called epididymitis, is a common condition in men aged 19 to 35 and is most commonly caused by an infection. This may start as something fairly mild, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI), which goes untreated and spreads. Swollen testicles can be caused by gonorrhoea, syphilis, or, in children, by E coli.

Several conditions may lead to testicular symptoms such as pain, swelling, or lumps, including testicular torsion, infection, hydrocele, cyst, varicocele, injury, epididymal cyst/spermatocele, inguinal hernia, and kidney or bladder stones.

Causes

The main causes of swelling or lumps in the testes are:

  • Hydrocele – this is a build-up of fluid around the testicle which causes swelling; it often affects newborn babies and happens to adult males, usually as a result of injury or infection.
  • Varicocele – a varicocele is a soft lump with a veiny or ‘wormy’ texture, which occurs when veins within the scrotum become swollen and enlarged, leading to generalised swelling.
  • Epididymal cyst – a small, smooth collection of fluid in the epididymis (a tube behind the testicles) which causes a lump that is painless or possibly with an aching or heavy feeling.
  • Epididymo-orchitis – a term to describe inflammation of the epididymis and testicles, which can sometimes lead to reduced sperm count (not significantly enough to affect fertility).
  • Inguinal hernias – in this condition, fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pokes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh, causing enlargement of the scrotum.
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What To Do Next

  • It is always advised that you make an appointment to get examined by a doctor if you find anything out of the ordinary. In the majority of cases, your symptoms will be caused by something mild and will be benign.
  • But it is important to be sure, both for safety, in the event that the lump is not benign, and to ensure that any existing condition does not become worse or spread.

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  • Anticipate a thorough physical examination that includes checking the testicles and groin area.
  • Get ready with any questions about symptoms or changes in the testicles.
  • Consider bringing along someone for emotional support or to help jot down notes during the appointment.

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The timeline for getting your test results can fluctuate due to factors like physical exams, imaging tests, blood tests, and consultations.

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Are there any conditions other than cancer which can cause testicular symptoms?
Several conditions may lead to testicular symptoms such as pain, swelling, or lumps, including testicular torsion, infection, hydrocele, cyst, varicocele, injury, epididymal cyst/spermatocele, inguinal hernia, and kidney or bladder stones.
Why is my testicle swollen?
Swelling of the testicle, also called, epididymitis, is a common condition in men from the ages of 19 to 35, and is most commonly caused by an infection. This may start as something fairly mild, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI), which goes untreated and spreads. Swollen testicles can be caused by gonorrhea, syphilis, or in children, by E coli.
I found a lump in my testicle. Should I see a doctor?
It is always advised that you make an appointment to get examined by a doctor if you find anything out of the ordinary. In the majority of cases, your symptoms will be caused by something mild, and will be benign. But it is important to be sure, both for safety, in the event that the lump is not benign, and to ensure that any existing condition does not become worse or spread.

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