CJUA 

23 Kilmer Dr, Suite C
Morganville, NJ 07751

ph: 732-972-9000
fax: 732-972-0966

Testicular Mass or Swelling


Testicular mass or swelling is a very common complaint and can be very scary for a man.   If a man discovers a new testicular mass or growth, a consultation and evaluation is urgently needed.  Ultimately, a scrotal sonogram should be obtained.  Any new mass in a testicle should be considered a malignancy until fully evaluated and ruled out.  Testicular cancer is not uncommon and can have extremely rapid growth rates with doubling times in days, not months or years like other cancers.  For more information on testicular cancer, please see link.

Luckily, the majority of men with scrotal masses actually have benign causes such as hydroceles, inguinal/scrotal hernias, vericoceles and epididymal cysts.  These conditions are not dangerous and are readily treatable.  A hydrocele occurs when an accumulation of fluid occurs around the testicle (see figure).  A hernia is an extension of the abdominal/peritoneal cavity migrates or herniates into the inguinal or scrotal compartment.  A vericocele is an engorgement of the collection of veins that drain the testicle, more commonly seen on the left side (see figure).  An epididymal cyst is a common benign cystic growth of the epididymis.

Illustration of hydrocele Illustration of varicocele

 

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23 Kilmer Dr, Suite C
Morganville, NJ 07751

ph: 732-972-9000
fax: 732-972-0966