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Varicose Veins of the Scrotum

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Varicocele



  • A Varicocele occurs when the veins along the spermatic cord are enlarged and elongated, usually on the left side.
  • It is rare in children younger than 10 years old.

  • Usually, it does not cause any symptoms.
  • Scrotal swelling
  • There can be dull pain in the scrotum.
  • Visible tortuous veins in the scrotum
  • A large Varicocele can be painful.
  • It can cause infertility.

  • It is caused by inadequate valves within the veins along the spermatic cord.

  • Examination:

- A painless, tortuous mass is palpated along the spermatic cord in the standing position.


  • Conservative treatment such as a scrotal support
  • Surgical tying off of the Varicocele to relieve pain or to allow normal development of the testis

  • Infertility
  • Disparity in testicular size

  • It is usually harmless and requires no treatment.




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