Varicocele

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Etiology

  • Usually due to elevated hydrostatic pressure or incompetent valves in the internal spermatic vein
  • Left-sided (more common): may also be due to left renal vein obstruction, eg,
  • Right-sided: may also be due to retroperitoneal malignancy obstructing right spermatic vein

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Last updated: December 1, 2014