Testing & Diagnosis for Varicocele in Children

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How will my physician diagnose a varicocele?

Only occasionally does an adolescent with a varicocele experience any pain or discomfort. Therefore, the condition is usually discovered during a routine physical examinations or incidentally while bathing, when the large veins can be easily seen and felt.

Once it's detected, your son will be referred to a pediatric urologic specialist who will do a comprehensive evaluation of the condition that includes:

  • a complete health history
  • physical examination
  • scrotal/testicular ultrasound

We have found that the testicular ultrasound is the best test to compare the size of the testicles. Based on this assessment, your pediatric urologist will discuss options and recommend the best course of therapy.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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