Pediatric Varicocele

Pediatric Varicocele



Varicocele occurs when the veins of the scrotum become enlarged, similar to a varicose vein.

Expanded overview

A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins of the scrotum (pouch of skin that contains the testicles). It has no known cause. A varicocele is similar to a varicose vein that can develop in the leg. This condition can cause low sperm count and decreased sperm quality.


In most cases, a varicocele causes no symptoms. When it does cause pain, the pain may:

  • Improve when you lie on your back
  • Increase when standing or exercising
  • Vary from sharp to dull discomfort
  • Worsen throughout the day

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