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Painful Testicle Lump Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your painful testicle lump symptoms, including 3 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Painful Testicle Lump Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Painful Testicle Lump Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced painful testicle lump. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Epididymitis

Epididymitis is an inflammation of one or both of the tubes of the epididymis, a coiled tube which stores sperm inside each testicle. It is caused by a bacterial infection, most often from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Epididymitis can also be caused by a urinary tract or prostate infection, or by trauma due to injury or heavy lifting.

Symptoms include redness, swelling, and pain in the testicle; pain on urination or ejaculation; discharge from the penis; and blood in the semen.

Men having unprotected sex are at the highest risk for developing this condition. Treatment involves antibiotics as well as rest, cold packs to the testicles, wearing an athletic supporter, and refraining from lifting and sexual intercourse until the infection is gone.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: nausea, fever, chills, pain in one testicle, vomiting

Urgency: In-person visit

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Testicular torsion

In torsion, the testicle is inadequately attached to the scrotum, allowing it to rotate freely within. This can lead to twisting of the testicle about the blood vessels to which it is connected, cutting off blood flow and leading to severe pain and the eventual death of the testicle. Testicular torsion can occur spontaneously, after several hours of exercise, or after an event such as trauma to the scrotum.

Symptoms include.

Treatments include manual de-torsion, which is a temporary fix, and necessary emergency surgery in order to salvage the affected testicle.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: testicle pain, nausea, pain in one testicle, vomiting, testicular swelling

Symptoms that always occur with testicular torsion: testicle pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Testicular cancer

The testicles, or the male sex glands, are two egg-shaped glands located in a sac of skin (scrotum) beneath the penis. Most testicular cancers originate in the germ cells of the testicles, which produce immature sperm that then matures in order to fertilize a female egg and start a pregnancy.

Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include a lump in the testicle, a change in how the testicle feels, aching in the lower abdomen of the groin, swelling of the scrotum, and pain in the scrotum.

Treatment for testicular cancer typically includes surgical removal of the affected testicle (orchiectomy). It may also include radiation or chemotherapy. Since treatment for testicular cancer can lead to infertility, sperm banking early in treatment is important to preserving fertility options for the future.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: testicular lump, spontaneous testicle pain, hard testicle lump, swelling of one ear

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Testicle Lump

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you notice anything going on with your testicles or scrotum?
  • Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Does the bump feel like an area of thickened skin?
  • Have you had night sweats?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Painful Testicle Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced painful testicle lump have also experienced:

  • 14% Testicle Pain
  • 8% Pain In One Testicle
  • 5% One-Sided Testicle Swelling

People who have experienced painful testicle lump were most often matched with:

  • 40% Testicular Torsion
  • 33% Epididymitis
  • 26% Testicular Cancer

People who have experienced painful testicle lump had symptoms persist for:

  • 36% Less than a day
  • 30% Over a month
  • 21% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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