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    Hi, I'm a 17 year old guy and about a year ago I discovered a mass on top of one of my testicles. I researched possibilities and I came across the trans illumination test: if light can shine through the mass, it is a cyst; while if the mass blocks the light, it's possibly TC.

    The mass does trans illuminate so i'm 99% sure it's just a cyst; called a spermatocele.

    I have a few questions:
    Do these ever go away? (not that it matters; id just like to know)
    Does it need to be surgically removed? I hear that they are harmless.


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    The transillumination test is not entirely accurate, and it would have to be performed by a physician in order to be somewhat reliable. The gold standard for the determining the origin of testicular masses is the ultrasound, and it provides a more fail-safe diagnosis. Your GP should be able to order one.
    "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
    11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
    12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.