Alternate Names : Biopsy, Testicle
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.