Which physical findings are characteristic of varicocele?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: Wesley M White, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Careful physical examination remains the primary method of varicocele detection. An obvious varicocele is often described as feeling like a bag of worms. Scrotal examination for varicocele should be a facet of the standard urologic physical examination because of the potential for varicoceles to cause significant testicular damage. The presence of a varicocele does not mean that surgical correction is a necessity.

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