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How dangerous is a varicocele? Is it pretty benign

How dangerous is a varicocele?  Is it pretty benign

No danger ; benign..: Yes, it is benign and no danger to life. Fact: some 15-20% of men have it. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Varicocele (Definition)

Varicose spermatic cord veins within the scrotum. Usually left sided & due to absent or faulty venous valves between testis and major vessels permitting beack pressure effects on spermatic veins. Can cause infertility in some, but mostly of no consequence. Best treated by urologist if associated with pain which is rare, or there is an ...Read more


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I have grade 2 varicocele noted left side from last month .I have pain for last 6 months .It is dangerous or not. I am 24 years.I am not married?

I have grade 2 varicocele noted left side from last  month .I have pain for last 6 months .It is dangerous or not. I am 24 years.I am not married?

Pain?: Pain may be a reason for surgery. For an adult, a varicocele may be corrected if there are semen abnormalities and problems of infertility. Other reasons to have surgery include very large varicocele size and/or discomfort. The size of the varicocele does correlate with semen quality but should not affect erections or libido. A urologist can make recommendations on treatment options. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old and have a left-side grade 3 varicocele. I do heavy lifting 4/5 times a week. Is it dangerous to my health?

No: In general, varicoceles pose no health risks. They are simply dilated (varicose) veins and can cause aching discomfort at times, particularly when you are on your feet for long periods. In some cases, varicoceles may reduce sperm production from the involved testis. The two reasons to have it surgically corrected therefore would be pain or evidence of decreased fertility. ...Read more

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Varicocele on right side.Is it dangerous?It generally happens on left but i got it on right.What may be the reason.Please advice what I do now?Surgery

Varicocele on right side.Is it dangerous?It generally happens on left but i got it on right.What may be the reason.Please advice what I do now?Surgery

Right Varicocele: Based on anatomical characteristics, a left sided varicocele is more common than a right sided one. The left gonadal vein drains anatomically higher, into the left renal vein. The right gonadal vein drains lower, into the ivc. Individuals with unilateral right (ie. Right side only) varicoceles should be assessed for causes of right gonadal vein compression. ...Read more

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Can having a varicocele cause a dangerous blood clot?

Can having a varicocele cause a dangerous blood clot?

Uncommon: Blood clot formation is one of the complications of varicocele but it is uncommon for that to cause systemic issues, unless the person has blood clotting disorder, i.e., a tendency to form blood clots. See this site for information and discuss the matter with your doctor. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001284.htm ...Read more

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I have recently had a varicocele embolisation, how long will it take to see results e.g time for the varicocele to significantly reduce in size?

4-6 weeks: post-tissue infarction via embolization slowly causes the tissue to involute and shrink over a few weeks, at which time you'll clinically observe an improvement... ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a varicocele embolization undone (i.e. remove the coil)? If so, are there any risks?

Is it possible to have a varicocele embolization undone (i.e. remove the coil)? If so, are there any risks?

Varicocele: In general no, it is not feasible to remove the coil from a small vessel such as the spermatic vein. I think the larger question is, why would you want to have it removed? ...Read more

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What is varicocele?

Varicose veins: A varicocele is varicose or dilated veins in the scrotum or spermatic cord. These are more common on the left and are due to the absence of valves in the spermatic veins. Infertility may be a problem in 15% of men with varicocele but not all men with varicoceles will be infertile. ...Read more

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What is a varicocele?

Varicocele is ...: Varicocele is an inborn spermatic venous valve disorder, manifesting its various degree along life, resulting from venous valve defect failing to keep up one-way central drainage toward heart, just like the varicose veins in the lower legs in many women and men. ...Read more

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Enlarged Testicular Veins (Definition)

This occurs in 15% of the adult population and is not typically visible until after puberty. It is almost always on the left side, and if seen on the right additional evaluation needs to be performed. It is more common in men with infertility and if treated ...Read more