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Doctor insights on: Varicocele Testicular Atrophy

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Is testicular atrophy caused by a varicocele reversible?

Is testicular atrophy caused by a varicocele reversible?

No, but...: Performing varicocelectomy for poor testicular growth (or "atrophy") for males in puberty / adolescence may help improve its future post-operative growth, but will definitely not reverse its varicocele-ralated change, thus in conforming: life is a one-way street of accumulation, modification, and continuation from inception to eternity. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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What are signs of testicular atrophy after varicocele ctomy?

What are signs of testicular atrophy after varicocele ctomy?

Small testicles: Small testicles, symptoms might be similar to castration - diminished sexual drive, erections, lack of facial hair growth ...Read more

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What causes bilateral testicular atrophy if I had a left varicocele and it was fixed? Shouldn't that one be smaller than the right?

What causes bilateral testicular atrophy if I had a left varicocele and it was fixed? Shouldn't that one be smaller than the right?

See answer: There are actually many potential causes of testicular atrophy, fortunately most of which are quite uncommon. Bilateral atrophy would suggest more of a congenital (klinefelter's syndrome most common) or systemic cause (use of steroid medications/body builders). You are correct in that a varicocele can cause atrophy on the same side and much less likely on other side unless bilateral varicoceles. ...Read more

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How can I be sure if I am experiencing testicular atrophy? Is the only way through an ultra sound? How would I know if a varicocele is causing it?

How can I be sure if I am experiencing testicular atrophy? Is the only way through an ultra sound? How would I know if a varicocele is causing it?

By history & exam...: Detailed history stressing sequence of events and direct palpation are the essential steps to suspect and even confirm testicular atrophy. If necessary, scrotal US can help but not essential. How to have the steps of care done correctly? Follow instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html; then you can work closer & better with doc so to reach right diagnosis for right care. ...Read more

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Can a 16 year old use hCG to reverse testicular atrophy due to varicocele?

Can a 16 year old use hCG to reverse testicular atrophy due to varicocele?

No: There is no evidence for HCG reversing testicular atrophy or hypotrophy. What can reverse the condition is surgical ligation of the varicocele 95% of the times in this age group. That is an output procedure with a high rate of success. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Varicocele (i think) on the left side. Age 19. No noticeable discomfort. Left testicular atrophy. Palpable veins do I need to worry? Risks?

Varicocele (i think) on the left side. Age 19. No noticeable discomfort. Left testicular atrophy. Palpable veins do I need to worry? Risks?

Here are some. ..: After reaching adulthood, varicocelectomy wouldn't help much rescue varicocele-related testicular atrophy. In fact, some controversy regarding varicocelectomy for varicocele-related testicular atrophy still remains. Yet, in my practice, I still favor such procedure for adolescent varicocele with testicular atrophy, say, at age 15 - 18In. Of course, seek pro-evaluation and counseling timely. ...Read more

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What are testicular atrophy symptoms? How it feels like?

What are testicular atrophy symptoms? How it feels like?

Small balls. . .: Testicular atrophy refers to small balls, literally. Question to ask is why? They can shrink from excessive doses of testosterone or other anabolic steroids. But then, aside from small balls, you wouldn't notice anything else since you're taking T/steroids. On the other hand, if testes are small b/c pituitary or hypothalamic issue, then you might notice hypogonadism (low T) & infertility. ...Read more

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Could phytosterols cause testicular atrophy?

No: Have similar cemical structure to cholesterol ; steroid hormones, but do not affect testes. So continue if you really need it. ...Read more

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If you took steroids at a young age and get testicular atrophy is it reversible or permanent?

If you took steroids at a young age and get testicular atrophy is it reversible or permanent?

Permanent: Don't like to be bearer of bad news. Significant reason for advising against use of anabolic steroids. You hopefully have sufficient testosterone ; sperm function left. ...Read more

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In a 1 year kid what can we do for testicular atrophy due to vascular causes? And can he have normal sexual life?

Most likely Yes: But because of the testicular atrophy he may need to have hormonal replacement therapy. And then again it depends on the degree of atrophy. If he maintains some percentage of testicular function, that may be enough. Close monitoring of growth and development especially between ages 8-17. Your PCP may consult with a Pediatric endocrinologist for the life of your son. ...Read more

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Is it common to have testicular atrophy after epididymitis? Left one was affected and treated, but seems to be atrophied.

Is it common to have testicular atrophy after epididymitis? Left one was affected and treated, but seems to be atrophied.

Probably not...: Most of epididymitis in young age are STD-related and usually limited to epididymis per se, although few untreated cases may extend to involve testis, called epididymoorchitis, which may induce testicular atrophy. Clinically, mumps (a viral infection of parotid gland) may involve testis as mumps orchitis, commonly leading to later testicular atrophy. To unveil myth behind your concern, see experts ...Read more

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Does temporary testicular atrophy exist? Some websites say it does, some say it doesn't? For example from a bacteria? Can it ever be temporary?

Why do you: Ask this question? Testicular atrophy is not common, and usually permanent because it involves death of cells. Check w/your doctor. Make sure your problems aren't due to taking anabolics or opiates. ...Read more

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Can you reverse testicular atrophy?

Can you reverse testicular atrophy?

Unfortunate not: Atrophy can occur with mumps, taking androgenic steroids, following testicular surgery or old age. Testes do not regrow ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a testicular atrophy!?

Shrinking testes: Can occur after testicular torsion which if untreated can lead to complete atrophy (death) of affected testis. Testes can shrink/atrophy after mumps, anabolic steroid use, radiation or chemotherapy for cancer. Testicular atrophy leads to reduced testosterone and sperm production leading to sterility, loss of libido ; overall reduced strength, energy ; drive, . ...Read more

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Can I reverse my testicular atrophy as a cause of epididymitis? If so how, please!?

Unlikely: Testicular atrophy is usually caused by chronic long term infection, poor blood flow, history of hernia repair, undescended testicle, hormone imbalance, varicocele, or history of testis trauma. Epididymitis in a young man can be caused by a sexual disease most commonly or a urine infection. A low sperm count can be treated with medication or surgery. A urologist can recommend a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is it possible fathering after left testicular atrophy after mumps. Teatis size reduced to 3 cubic cm.

Is it possible fathering after left testicular atrophy after mumps. Teatis size reduced to 3 cubic cm.

Right testicle: If the right testicle is normal, that will help. Have a sperm assessment done. All the best. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of testicular atrophy?

Here are some. ..: The testes of "mature" atrophy - usually by diseases such as infection / inflammation / misuse of testosterone / hypothalamic dysfunction, etc. Are most likely painless but smaller and softer than the "normal" one or the usual, but may result in affecting sperm production leading to low sperm count and concentration - infertility & reducing testosterone secretion leading to hypogonadism - ED, low ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of testicular atrophy?

Hypogonadism: Depending on your age, you may experience infertility. Symptoms of low testosterone include decreased libido and erectile failure, loss of muscle mass, loss of energy and decreased work performance, and even irritability. ...Read more

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Dr told me I have bilateral testicular atrophy, is here anything that can be done?

Yes: 1) testosterone hormone replacement if you are suffering from low testosterone, i.E lack of libido or energy. 2) testicular prostheses can be inserted if absent or microscopically small testes. ...Read more

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Can bacterial orchitis cause testicular atrophy? Or is that only mumps?

Can bacterial orchitis cause testicular atrophy? Or is that only mumps?

Orchitis: Bacteriall epididymoorchitis generally does not cause testicular atrophy or fertility issues. ...Read more

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What happens when a mans epidymis is removed on both sides? Can he still orgasm normally and ejaculate normally? Will it cause testicular atrophy?

What happens when a mans epidymis is removed on both sides? Can he still orgasm normally and ejaculate normally? Will it cause testicular atrophy?

Epididymectomy: Bilateral epididymectomy is exceedingly rare. Assuming this is the procedure that you had, there should be no effect on your ability to have an erection, climax or ejaculation. you will however, be sterile ...Read more

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Is there any benefit of testosterone therapy for testicular atrophy?

Is there any benefit of testosterone therapy for testicular atrophy?

Makes it worse: Testosterone therapy shrinks your nuts because you stop producing sperm on testosterone therapy. Off label use of HCG and Clomid (clomiphene) can help. ...Read more

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I've got partial testicular atrophy as per testicular biopsy statement. Can I still become a father?

Yes if sperm present: You might be a candidate for testicular sperm extraction ; in in vitro intracytoplasmic sperm injection (icsi) into partner's ovum. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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