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Varicocele is an abnormal enlargement of the veins in the scrotum draining the testicles.

Testicular Varicocele Disease

Causes

  • The valves within the veins along the spermatic cord don't work properly.
  • Compression of the venous drainage of the testicle .

Varicocele Infertility Causes

Symptoms

Symptoms of varicocele may include

  • Dragging and aching pain in the scrotum
  • Feeling of heaviness in the testicle(s)
  • Infertility
  • Shrinkage (atrophy) of the testicle(s)
  • Visible or palpable (able to be felt) enlarged vein

Treatment

  • Varicocelectomy surgically "tying off" the affected spermatic veins Alternative
  • Embolization
  • Laparoscopic repair

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