What To Think About
- Testicular ultrasound is usually done to
evaluate a mass or pain in the testicles for possible cancer. Young men with a
testicular mass or pain should be evaluated immediately by a doctor. Testicular
cancer is the most common cancer in young men.
- With testicular
ultrasound, your doctor can usually tell the difference between a fluid-filled
cyst, a solid lump, or another type of mass.
- A fluid-filled mass that has a symmetrical shape and does
not have particles floating in it is likely to be a cyst or a
- A mass that does not have fluid, one that has fluid with
floating particles (atypical cyst), or one that is larger than expected needs
further evaluation. Often a follow-up ultrasound is done in 6 to 8 weeks to
allow time for the mass to go away on its own.
- If a solid lump or
an atypical cyst is present and a testicular ultrasound cannot determine
whether it is cancer, a
biopsy may be recommended.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
December 28, 2012
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