A spermatocele usually causes no signs or symptoms and may remain the same size. If it becomes large enough, however, you may feel:

  • Pain or discomfort in the affected testicle
  • A feeling of heaviness in the testicle with the spermatocele
  • Swelling behind and above the testicle

When to see a doctor

Because a spermatocele usually doesn't cause symptoms, you may discover it only during a testicular self-exam, or your doctor may find it during a routine physical exam.

It's a good idea to have your doctor evaluate any scrotal mass to rule out a serious condition, such as testicular cancer. You also need to call your doctor if you experience pain or swelling in your scrotum. A number of conditions can cause testicular pain, and some of the conditions require immediate treatment.

Feb. 15, 2012