Varicoceles - Definition

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Varicocele signifies when veins located in the spermatic cord, found in the scrotum, excessively dilate. For nine out of ten cases this occurs on the left side of the scrotum. The symptoms of varicocele are increased size in the affected testicle, feeling of heaviness in this testicle, pain that is often more pronounced at the end of the day or with physical activity, esthetic discomfort. To confirm diagnosis, Doppler ultrasonography or venography can be performed. Vicocele is treatable by a surgical procedure that ties a ligature around the vein to reverse its dilation. It is also possible to perform embolization during the venography, which enables the affected vein to be blocked. In all cases, pain relief medication is prescribed.