A spermatocele is a collection of sperm in the scrotum that forms a lump. These lumps are common and are more likely to form as a man gets older. They do not turn into cancer.
Doctors don't know what causes them. A blockage in the tube that carries sperm through the scrotum can cause sperm to collect. The blockage can be caused by an injury to the scrotum or an infection. But most of the time, the cause is not found.
You may need only pain medicine. But if the lump is large or very painful, you may have surgery to remove it. Or your doctor may inject medicine into the lump. This can make it go away. But another lump can form after treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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