Papillary cystadenoma of the epididymis

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Amir Rezaee et al.

Papillary cystadenomas of the epididymis are the second most common benign tumours of the epididymis after adenomatoid tumours and are common in patients with von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL).

Papillary cystadenomas are usually asymptomatic.

They are more common in young men (20-40 years) 2. Approximately 30% of patients have vHL and ~35% (range 10-60%) of patients with vHL have papillary cystadenoma(s) 1,2.

Lesions are usually arising from the head of the epididymis and can present as a cystic lesion with a thick wall and several peripheral solid nodules with increased vascularity, partially or completely cystic or solid lesion and measuring up to 3 cm in diameter 1.

Considerations include:

Patients with bilateral papillary cystadenomas of the epididymis should be considered for vHL screening 2.

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rID: 38946
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Papillary cystadenoma of epididymis
  • Papillary cystadenomas of the epididymis

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