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  • Enlarged and hardend left testicle.

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone can help. We are off to the doctors in a few days, but over the Easter weekend this has caused me much angst. My soon to be 17 year old son told me the other day that his left testicle has been large and hard for nearly a year now. I said, its normal for one testicle to be larger than the other.. he stated his was the size of an avocado. He measured it at 5 inches long and nearly 2 1/2 inches wide. He says it is harder than the right one, which he feels is 'normal'.

    My son says the only time he experiences pain is when he raises he left leg or presses his groin above his left testicle. I saw it though his boxer shorts and my god. It is massive. He insists its not fluid and is all the one "mass". He says he could easily "knock someone out with it".

    The most recent concern was raised when he said his breast on his left side was sore and sensitive. I thought this was attributed to adolescence but he is 17 in 3 weeks time and this has been consistent for nearly 12 months.

    Given that he says the enlarged left testicle is harder than his right normal sized one... could it still be hydrocele? He says since it started growing larger nearly a year ago, it has never changed shape or size. just kept growing.

    He also had an issue years ago with a testicle not descending. One doctor was under the impression that he didn't actually have two testicles. An ultra sound soon revealed that he had two, one just likes to sneak up the top from time to time. We tried to recall whichone it was,,, we think it was the right testicle, not the left, which is causing him the issue at the moment.

    Any insight will help..

    Thank you in advance.





  • #2
    Well, I could be something other than TC but do not wait any longer getting to a urologist and get an ultrasound. There are many Moms and Dads here on the sight that can emphasize with you but a common theme is their sons waiting to tell them what is going on with their testicles. If it is TC it is highly curable which most all of us are in the cured category. Keep us updated.
    Tony

    Diagnosed 4/12/12
    AFP 31, HCG 32
    I/O 4/25/12
    Nonseminoma Stage 1S
    Embryonal Carcinoma 95%, Yolk Sac 5%
    Lymphatic Invasion, Markers did not normalize
    BEPx3 Finished 8/5/12
    Post Chemo APF 2 HCG Undetectable

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    • #3
      Hello,
      I feel for your angst and the nervousness you are going through. What you need is to have your son see a urologist, or at least get an ultrasound of his testicles so you have a clearer picture. So many of the diagnoses related to the testicle seem to have similar symptoms so it's important to see the specialist and get the right tests started. Don't forget to mention the soreness and sensitivity of his breast. That's significant. My son too had what he described as his left testicle being the size of a "small orange." He said it was also hard. As you have researched, a hydrocele and testicular issues all seem to have potentially the same possible symptoms so without an evaluation, you won't know. See a doctor as soon as you can and get the tests started as soon as possible. I hope all is okay and there is no cancer. Please keep us updated once you find out for sure. Hopefully you'll be reporting back that it is a non-cancer issue.
      9/6/13 Left I/O. 18 year old son diagnosed 9/13/13 Stage 2C. Path report: embryonal and yolk sac with spermatic cord involvement and lymphatic invasion BEP x 3 finished 11/25/13. PC-RPLND with Dr. Foster at IU on 1/21/14. Found only dead cancer! Surveillance as of 1/23/14. All clear as of 5/2018.

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      • #4
        Thank you so much for replying. We are off to the GP in a few hours. Will keep you updated..
        Thank you again.

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        • #5
          The doctor has, of course ordered an ultrasound, my son is booked in for tomorrow.

          The doc said he has got more breast tissue and tenderness in the left breast than in the right. But said it was most likely hormonal. He acknowledged that the left testicle is in fact rather large and would probably require surgery if its hydrocele. (his reason for surgery is my sons age and the discomfort the pressure the swelling is causing in his groin) He has also written on the referral: "? hydrocele and any underlying pathology"

          What does underlying pathology mean?

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          • #6
            I think underlying pathology means anything besides a hydrocele. They will be looking for testicular cancer, but also could be looking for epididymitis, or other testicular issues causing the swelling. Hang in there. Waiting for results is the worst part but you should know the same day what they found.
            9/6/13 Left I/O. 18 year old son diagnosed 9/13/13 Stage 2C. Path report: embryonal and yolk sac with spermatic cord involvement and lymphatic invasion BEP x 3 finished 11/25/13. PC-RPLND with Dr. Foster at IU on 1/21/14. Found only dead cancer! Surveillance as of 1/23/14. All clear as of 5/2018.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chemin View Post
              Waiting for results is the worst part.
              Can't agree with Chemin more - waiting until tomorrow will be tough, but know that no matter what it is you guys can handle it. Hang in there!
              Patrick
              29 years old

              U/s on 1/23/12, I/O on 2/1/12

              Stage IB
              Classical seminoma, 4.5cm, RT invasion, LVI, no spermatic cord margin invasion.
              CT scans clear
              pre op bHCG: 57, post op: 2.4
              On surveillance:
              Clear: 5/17/12, 8/23/12
              11/29/12 -- CT scan shows 1 enlarged retroperitoneal lymph node 20mmx15mm, stage changed to IIA
              12/17/12 - 3/17/13 -- EPx4 @ MSKCC
              Clear: 3/7/13, 3/28/13, 5/2/13, 5/30/13, 6/27/13, 7/25/13, 9/5/13, 10/10/13, 11/7/13, 12/16/13, 2/19/14, more to come...

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              • #8
                Ultrasound was done this morning. Waiting for the results to be sent back to the docs. The sonographer said that both of the testicles have fluid around them but the left one needs to be resolved. He also said there are a "few things needing fixing up down there" and my doctor will tell me more. But he did say that the testicles themselves looked ok.

                I was surprised to see fluid on both testicles. Ok... so more waiting...

                Thank you again for your encouragement. I will keep you posted.

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                • #9
                  Well, we really don;t know anything yet. It could be the tech saw nothing alarming & it could be the tech is just following protocol & not telling you anything useful, even though it looked like TC to him/her. Techs are supposed to be tight lipped, so no way to read anything into this. More waiting for results, I'm afraid. Something we all try to get used to, but never really succeed at.
                  Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
                  Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP

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                  • #10
                    UPDATE.

                    The doctor called me and said other than the hydrocele in both testes, everything seems fine. He said my son needs surgery though and has referred us to the hospital. The doc said there is not other reason for any further tests as they will probably have "a look around" when they do the surgery..

                    This is such a relief. I am really glad they are going to operate as the hydrocele is far to big for my son to remain comfortable.

                    THank you again for your responses and words of encouragement.

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                    • #11
                      Sounds like good news. Please keep us posted as things progress.

                      Dave
                      Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
                      Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP

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