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Testicular Biopsy

Alternate Names : Biopsy, Testicle

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

A testicular biopsy involves removing a piece of tissue from a man's testicle for analysis.

Who is a candidate for the test?

A testicular biopsy is usually performed:

  • to check if a man's sperm is abnormal as part of infertility testing if a man and a woman are unable to conceive a baby
  • to determine if a lump found on one of the testicles is caused by testicular cancer
  • How is the test performed?

    This procedure can be done in a doctor's office or in the hospital. First, an area on the scrotum, the pouch that contains the testicles, is cleaned with an antiseptic. This area is then injected with a local anesthetic. When the skin is numb, a small cut is made in the scrotum and a small piece of testicular tissue is removed. The cuts in the testicle and scrotum are then closed with stitches. The biopsy sample is taken to a laboratory and studied.


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    Testicular Biopsy: Preparation & Expectations

    Author: David T. Moran, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS

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