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What causes a varicocele?

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Doctors aren’t sure what causes this condition. It could be a problem with blood flow in the spermatic cord, which carries blood to and from your testicles. If valves inside the veins in the cord don’t work like they should, the blood backs up and the veins get wider.

From: What Is a Varicocele? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Varicocele: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Varicocele: Symptoms & causes.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How Are Varicoceles Treated?” “More Information,” “What Are Signs of a Varicocele?” “What Are Varicoceles?” “What Can I Expect After Treatment?”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 01, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Varicocele: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Varicocele: Symptoms & causes.”

Urology Care Foundation: “How Are Varicoceles Treated?” “More Information,” “What Are Signs of a Varicocele?” “What Are Varicoceles?” “What Can I Expect After Treatment?”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 01, 2017

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