Enlargement of the veins
of the spermatic cord. The condition occurs most often in adolescent boys and affects the left side more often than the right. The affected
scrotum feels like a bundle of worms. Varicocele
may be accompanied by a dull ache along
the cord and a dragging sensation in the groin. The condition usually
requires no treatment but may cause infertility, in which case ligation of the internal spermatic vein may be helpful.
A varicocele is quite common
, in fact it occurs in about ten percent
of men. It is usually painless, but can occasionally cause a bit of aching
, not unlike mild epididymitis
. It is almost always on the left testicle
It does, in some men, adversely affect sperm count, and may need to be removed in a surgery called varicocelectomy. If the varicocele did not occur early enough to cause atrophy in the testicle, there is usually no permanent damage, and the sperm count will return to normal.