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  • Question after ultrasound

    Hey everyone,
    I hope you're all doing well.
    I am 17 years old, not purely white, and live in Norway. A month ago I noticed a lump on the top of my left testicle. I saw my doctor who could not feel the lump but asked me if you want to have an ultrasound to be sure. I said yes. In the meantime, I realised that my lump might be just the head of the epididimis as I have a felt a tube is connected to it and because of its location. The doctor who did the ultrasound was in his thirties yet seemed knowledgeable. He could not find any lumps or cyts and he said his feeling is that I was just touching the head of epididemis. He said everything seems normal except some varicocele near the left testicle. He said there are no sign of any tumours.
    However, I felt both of my testicles are kinda of hard and this is worrying me.
    Do you think that varicocele can cause hard testicles or do I have something to worry about?

    Thank you in advance

  • #2
    Hi there,

    It doesn't sound like you have much to worry about. The firmness of your testes can change subtly from day to day, depending on rate of sperm production and time of last ejaculation. The hardness from a tumor is different, and will typically be in a limited area of one testicle. Anything cancerous causing noticeable hardness would also likely be spotted instantly on an ultrasound scan. That said, check yourself again in a month's time (and monthly on an ongoing basis), and if there is any significant change then do go and see your doctor again.

    All the best,
    - T
    30 Jul 14: Discovered lump
    31 Jul 14: GP referral to specialist
    4 Aug 14: Clinical diagnosis of tumour, blood samples taken, CT scans, USS (confirming ~2cm tumour)
    8 Aug 14: Left radical orchidectomy (plus test results back: CT normal, no mets; blood markers slightly elevated: AFP 14.16, HCG 4.9, LDH 149)
    29 Aug 14: Pathology results: Stage 1A Mixed Non-Seminomatous Germ Cell Tumour (composition: Yolk-sac Tumour and Mature Teratoma)

    24 Sep 14: Started precautionary adjuvant 1xBEP
    23 Oct 14: All clear; on surveillance

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    • #3
      Mate - hard is a subjective thing - they are generally firm any way
      >>>>>>>>>
      TC1: May 2001 / Right orchiectomy / seminoma stage 1 / Radiation
      TC2: July 2008 / Left orchiectomy / seminoma stage 1 / X2 Prostheses / Reandron (long term Testosterone injections)

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      • #4
        Thank you for your help guys

        I have another question if you do not mind. Can testicular cancer grow outside of the testicle (I mean near the testicle in the scrotum)? and can varicocele on an ultrasound be mistaken for testicular cancer (outside of the testicle itself, of course)?
        Sorry for my anxiety. It is just that this topic has been worrying me for a long time.

        ​Thank you!

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        • #5
          Nope - unless its spear to other areas of the body. Within the scrotum area it will be within the testicle and they will generally be some lump/s on the testicle
          >>>>>>>>>
          TC1: May 2001 / Right orchiectomy / seminoma stage 1 / Radiation
          TC2: July 2008 / Left orchiectomy / seminoma stage 1 / X2 Prostheses / Reandron (long term Testosterone injections)

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          • #6
            Even I agree with Talis.

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