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varicocele

 [var´ĭ-ko-sēl″]
varicosity of the pampiniform plexus of the spermatic cord, forming a scrotal swelling that feels like a “bag of worms.”

var·i·co·cele

(var'i-kō-sēl'),
A condition manifested by abnormal dilation of the veins of the spermatic cord, caused by incompetent valves in the internal spermatic vein and resulting in impaired drainage of blood into the spermatic cord veins when the person assumes an upright position.
Synonym(s): pampinocele
[varico- + G. kēlē, tumor, hernia]

varicocele

/var·i·co·cele/ (var´ĭ-ko-sēl)
1. varicosity of the pampiniform plexus of the spermatic cord, forming a scrotal swelling that feels like a “bag of worms.”
2. a similar condition in females, with varicosity of the veins of the broad ligament of the uterus.

varicocele

(văr′ĭ-kō-sēl′)
n.
A varicose condition of veins of the spermatic cord or the ovaries, forming a soft tumor.

varicocele

[ver′əkōsēl′]
Etymology: L, varix, varicose vein; Gk, kele, tumor
a dilation of the pampiniform venous complex of the spermatic cord. The varicocele forms a soft, elastic swelling that can cause pain. It is usually more pronounced and painful when the patient is standing. Varicoceles are most common in men between 15 and 25 years of age and affect the left spermatic cord more often than the right. Compare ovarian varicocele.
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Varicocele

varicocele

Varicose veins in scrotum Urology Elongated and dilated veins of the pampiniform plexus–the network of veins leaving the testis which join to form the testicular vein; varicoceles appear bluish through the scrotum and impart a bag of worms-like sensation to palpation Clinical Varicoceles are caused by incompetent valves in spermatic cord veins; abnormal valves obstruct normal blood flow causing a backup of blood, resulting in venous dilation; varicoceles usually develop slowly and may be asymptomatic; incidence is higher in ♂ age 15 and 25; varicoceles are linked to infertility in 40% of ♂ treated for infertility; abrupt appearance of a varicocele in older ♂ may be caused by a renal tumor affecting the renal vein and altering the blood flow through the spermatic vein

var·i·co·cele

(var'i-kō-sēl)
A condition manifested by abnormal dilation of the veins of the spermatic cord, caused by incompetent valves in the internal spermatic vein, and resulting in impaired drainage of blood into the spermatic cord veins when the patient assumes the upright position.
[varico- + G. kēlē, tumor, hernia]

varicocele

VARICES in the plexus of veins that surrounds the testicle, usually on the left side, forming an irregular swelling in the scrotum. This is usually of no significance but may cause a dragging ache and may affect fertility. In these cases surgical correction is needed.

Varicocele

An abnormal enlargement of the veins which drain the testicles.
Mentioned in: Scrotal Ultrasound

varicocele

varicosity of the pampiniform plexus of the spermatic cord, forming a swelling in the scrotal neck that feels like a 'bag of worms'.

Patient discussion about varicocele

Q. Should I do surgery for varicoceles? I went to an urologist and he recommended surgery, but I don’t know if I should do this…is it dangerous? Can I live with the varicocele?

A. I don’t see your problem, you said an urologist advised you to do so- that should be enough no? if you don’t trust him, go and get a second opinion. The surgery is not that bad, an hour later and you are walking out. Vary small risk of complication. I did it and it was fine.

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The American Urology Association Recommends Varicocele Treatment in Males who meet the following Criteria [8]--
A varicocele can be detected clinically on physical examination with the patient in a standing position.
For 42% of those men, the cause of infertility was varicoceles.
KEY WORDS: Male infertility, scrotal ultrasonography, subclinical varicocele, varicocele
A varicocele is defined as the abnormal dilation of the pampiniform plexus, the collection of veins within the spermatic cord, which drains blood from the testes, epididymis, and vas deferens.
Varicocele Embolisation uses coils to block blood flow to the dilated vessels in a varicocele.
La microdelecion puede presentarse en pacientes con patologias concomitantes, como criptorquidia y varicocele, sin que se haya determinado asociacion.
Various conditions such as sebaceous cyst, midline epidemoid cyst, angiomyolipoma , varicocele, hematoma, hamartomas of the scrotum could be confused with hemangioma.
Exclusion Criteria: Subjects undergone pelvic surgery or hernia repairs, patients with diabetic neuropathy or with psychiatric disorders, injury to the testicles, undescended testicles, testicular torsion, infection, testicular cancer, testicular biopsy, varicocele and vasectomy reversal.
Adult men with a varicocele and low testosterone also should consider microsurgery sooner rather than later, indicates Goldstein.
There are several causes of DNA damage, main among these are oxidative stress, abortive apoptosis, aberrant DNA packaging, altered histone-protamine ratio, high temperature, xenobiotics, electromagnetic radiation and smoking, drugs and varicocele (6,7).