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What does it mean when one of your testicles is much larger than the other?

What does it mean when one of your testicles is much larger than the other?

Needs evaluation : This could be a hydrocele or possibly a mass if it is fairly painless. If it is red or inflamed it could be an infection. If it hurts terribly go to er as it could be torsion (twisted). Either way you need evaluation by urology and an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Testicles (Definition)

The testicles are the two oval male gonads, or reproductive glands, located in the scrotum. The seminiferous tubules of the testis are the site of spermatogenesis and its leydig cells secrete testosterone. The term testicles is synonymous with testes or gonads. The singular form is ...Read more


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What does it mean when one of your testicles is swollen?

What does it mean when one of your testicles is swollen?

Scrotal swelling: Swellings in the scrotum can be several things. Possibilities include hydrocele, epididymitis, hernia, testicular torsion, testicular cancer, varicocele and epididymal cyst, among others. An h&p, labs, and ultrasound are warranted. ...Read more

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What does it mean if one of your testicles is much bigger than the other?

What does it mean if one of your testicles is much bigger than the other?

Enlarged testicle: The most worrisome condition would be a malignancy (cancer). It could also be a collection of fluid (hydroceole/spermatoceole/epididymal cyst). Regardless, you should be seen by a urologist sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if one of my testicles is much larger than the other?

Should I be concerned if one of my testicles is much larger than the other?

Yes: It may be nothing but you should have it checked out. Some men are born with large discrepancies in size. One testicle may have lost its blood supply at birth and never developed. If it's newly doubled in size, see a physician soon. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have one testicle much larger than the other?

Is it unusual to have one testicle much larger than the other?

Not normal: But need not be a problem unless smaller testis is much higher than the other, have had mumps in the past, or have a large varicocele or hernia on small side. Larger side might have a hydrocele. Testes can grow at different rates during puberty ; smaller one may or may not catch up in time ; both testes can otherwise be normal. Thus although not normal maybe ok. Scrotal ultrasound would clarify. ...Read more

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If one of your testicles is swollen what does that mean?

If one of your testicles is swollen what does that mean?

Need evaluation: The rapidity of onset of swelling provides some information. It may be a benign condition such as a hydrocele or may represent something more serious such as testicular cancer or orchitis. I recommend a visit with your doctor. ...Read more

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One testicle has become much larger over past year. It aches sometimes and is sensitive. What is the cause of this? Age?

Testicle enlargement: There might be several causes for this enlargement. First, you always worry about a tumor and you should have an U/S. The most common cause is usually a hydrocele ( fluid around the testicle) which is totally benign and may or may not need treatment depending on size and symptoms. ...Read more

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I got hit in the balls and my left testicle is larger (2-3x) than my right one. I tried ice and I don't believe it shrunk too much. What should I do?

I got hit in the balls and my left testicle is larger (2-3x) than my right one. I tried ice and I don't believe it shrunk too much. What should I do?

Testicular Trauma: If your testicle was injured, and it is as swollen as you describe and painful, you should seek urgent evaluation by your primary care physician, urgent care, or emergency department. After you've been examined, it may be determined that an imaging test is needed to evaluate the extent of injury. ...Read more