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Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Varicocele

11/18/2003

Question:

How likely would a varicocele affect a teenaged boy negatively? My son has one and doesn`t want to ask the dr. about it. It doesn`t hurt and even goes away for days at a time. He looked it up himself and thinks that`s what it is ,and says unless it hurts or something not to worry. What do know of these?

Answer:

Varicoceles are often seen in young boys. If it disappears, then there is a slight chance that there is a hernia or possibly a hernia with a varicocele. An office evaluation is warranted. In general, in kids, varicoceles are corrected for pain, or if the testicle on the varicocele side is smaller than the other tesiticle. 

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Response by:

Allen D Seftel, MD Allen D Seftel, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University