varicocele

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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.”
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

varicocele

(văr′ĭ-kō-sēl′)
n.
A varicose condition of veins of the spermatic cord or the ovaries, forming a soft tumor.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Varicocele

An abnormal enlargement of the veins which drain the testicles.
Mentioned in: Scrotal Ultrasound
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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