Symptoms & Signs
- Enlarged, twisted veins in the scrotum
- Painless testicle lump, scrotal swelling, or bulge within the scrotum
There may not be symptoms.
Diagnosis & Tests
The health care provider will examine the groin area, including the scrotum and testicles. The doctor may be able to feel a nontender, twisted mass along the spermatic cord. (It feels like a bag of worms.)
However, the mass may not be able to be seen or felt, especially when lying down.
The testicle on the side of the varicocele may be smaller than the one on the other side.Varicocele
Review Date : 9/22/2009
Reviewed By : Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.