A mass of varicose veins in the spermatic cord.
- Scrotal ultrasonography is helpful in confirming a varicocele or testicular tumour.
- A varicocele causes swelling due to swollen veins within the scrotum.
- Other benign conditions resulting in a scrotal mass, such as testicular torsion, spermatocele, varicocele, or tuberculosis, must be ruled out.
Mid 18th century: from Latin varix, varic- 'dilated vein' + -cele.
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