Hydrocele/epididymal cysts/varicocele - testicular lumps and swellings

Hydrocele, epididymal cysts and varicocele are all types of testicular lumps and swellings.

Varicocele is a swelling caused by dilated or enlarged veins within the testicles. Epididymal cysts are lumps caused by a collection of fluid in the epididymis, which is a long coiled tube behind the testicles. A hydrocele is a swelling caused by fluid around the testicle. Lumps, swellings or changes to the testicles should always be checked by a doctor.

Some may not require any treatment and may just disappear on their own. This is often the case with hydroceles in newborn babies when it often goes of its own accord during the child’s first or second year. If a lump causes pain or discomfort it may be possible to have it surgically removed.

Treatment for a testicular lump will depend on the underlying cause of the lump. All testicular lumps or swelling should be discussed with your GP.

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Mr Steve Garnett

Consultant Urological Surgeon
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Mr James Moore

Consultant Urological Surgeon
Get in touch with Benenden Hospital

You can access treatment in a number of ways, as a self-paying or privately insured patient, a Benenden member, or as an NHS patient. In all cases, you just need to ask your GP to refer you to Benenden Hospital. For general enquiries, contact us below.

You can access treatment in a number of ways, as a self-paying or privately insured patient, a Benenden member, or as an NHS patient. In all cases, you just need to ask your GP to refer you to Benenden Hospital. For general enquiries, contact us below.