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Spermatocele Overview

What is a spermatocele?
A male with a spermatocele has a lump in the scrotum, caused by a cyst that forms in the epididymis. The cyst is a collection of fluid that contains dead sperm cells. The cause of spermatocele is unknown. Spermatoceles are common: about 30 percent of men who undergo ultrasound of the scrotum have a spermatocele.

What are the symptoms of a spermatocele?
Symptoms of a spermatocele include a lump in the scrotum, mild scrotum pain, and scrotum swelling.

How does the doctor treat a spermatocele?
Small, painless spermatoceles do not require treatment. Surgery may be required to remove large spermatoceles.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Spermatocele References
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