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Lump after 15 years due to suture remnant

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    I underwent a vasectomy in 1992 or ‘93. About 3-4 weeks ago I developed a slightly painful lump near the incision point on the right side of my scrotum. I thought it might be an ingrown hair, but when I pressed on the small lesion that had developed, what I thought was an ingrown hair, turned out to be a still tied loop of suture about 3/16″ long. I’m making an appointment this morning, but what do you think?

    Dr. Edward Karpman

    A suture granuloma is the body’s natural reaction to a foreign body. The body tries to “wall-off” this foreign material and exclude it from the rest of the body. The body tries to reabsorb or push the foreign substance out, over time. This can occur in any part of the human body where surgery is performed. It is interesting that this has happened over 15 years after the vasectomy. Nevertheless, it is a simple problem that can likely be fixed quickly in the doctor’s office.

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