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    I've found a lump on my right testicle, larger than left one, 2 months ago. My doctor did me a transillumination and said me it could me a cyst or a spermatocele (according to him ...harmless).
    I'm sufering of a bilateral varicocele, but painless. Are cysts corrrelated to varicoceles or not? Thanks in advance.

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    nobody helping me?

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    • #3
      Has it changed at all since you were checked?

      (I don't know whether there is any correlation between incidence of varicoceles and cysts.)
      Scott, [email protected]
      right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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      • #4
        fabioli,
        I have not read of a a correlation between varicocles and cysts. I wouldn't be satisfied with a transillumination and would insist on an ultrasound. While a transillumination can detect a hydrocele, it is possible that the hydrocele (fluid filled cyst) is formed as a recation to something else...like a tumor. An ultrasound is much more definative and will also let you know if your varicocoles have changed (assume they were diagnosed by an ultrasound?)
        Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Karen
          While a transillumination can detect a hydrocele, it is possible that the hydrocele (fluid filled cyst) is formed as a recation to something else...like a tumor.
          Yes, I can vouch for that from personal experience!
          Scott, [email protected]
          right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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          • #6
            I was categorically told by my Consultant that transillumination is not reliable to prove cancer or otherwise. Get that ultrasound done!!!
            Diagnosed March 2006, Stage IIB, 3cm RP mass
            10% Seminoma, 90% Non-Seminoma (Embryonal, and a tiny amount of choriocarcinoma and teratoma)
            Prechemo bHCG-2648, AFP-582
            3xBEP March-June, markers normalised
            3 months postchemo - 1.2cm residual RP mass
            RPLND September 2006 - mostly necrotic tissue plus tiny amount of well differentiated teratoma
            June 2009 - TRT commenced to help out my lefty
            May 2011 - check-up, all clear

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            • #7
              I was told that the lump on the back of my testicle was probably an epididymal cyst. My GP also told me that under the light the lump "transilluminated". However, just to be sure, he ordered an ultrasound. Good thing he did -- 3 days later I had the testicle removed. Stage 1 Seminoma, 1cm x 1cm x 1.4 cm with no Angiolymphatic invasion or Spermatic cord invasion, markers all normal and CT scan clear. I'm told I caught this very early. By the way, I had gone to see my GP for a totally unrelated matter and happened to bring up the lump just in passing. Thank God I did!!!
              tlh
              diagnosed 28 June 06. Orchiectomy 29 June 06. Stage 1 Seminoma with no evidence of spread or Vasc invasion. Finished adjuvant RT (27Gy) to abdominal and pelvic area August 28th, 2006.

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              • #8
                With all the tech we have to only use a light to dx is very old school I would be asking for a ultrasound way too much at risk. After the ultrasound they will know what is going on and can come up with a treatment plan.
                Brian
                5-1-2006 Right IO - Stage 1 Nonseminoma Embryonal and Yolk sac - Surveillance Baby on the way Born 7-20-07

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