SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
A spermatocele usually causes no signs or symptoms and may remain the same size. If it becomes large enough, however, you may feel:
- Pain or discomfort in the affected testicle
- A feeling of heaviness in the testicle with the spermatocele
- Swelling behind and above the testicle
When to see a doctor
Because a spermatocele usually doesn't cause symptoms, you may discover it only during a testicular self-exam, or your doctor may find it during a routine physical exam.
It's a good idea to have your doctor evaluate any scrotal mass to rule out a serious condition, such as testicular cancer. You also need to call your doctor if you experience pain or swelling in your scrotum. A number of conditions can cause testicular pain, and some of the conditions require immediate treatment.
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