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
Reference cyst Opens New Window, 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 hydrocele.
- 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 Reference biopsy Opens New Window may be recommended.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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