How are varicoceles classified?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: Wesley M White, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Answer

Varicoceles vary in size and can be classified into the following three groups:

  • Large - Easily identified by inspection alone

  • Moderate - Identified by palpation without bearing down (Valsalva maneuver)

  • Small - Identified only by bearing down, which increases intra-abdominal pressure, thus impeding drainage and increasing varicocele size


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