This question was answered on Sat 25, Jul 2009 06:08pm by Dr Rowena S, MD

inguinal hernia vs. varicocele

Asked by jeffno (Male; 19 ) on Thu 23, Apr 2009 06:25pm

What are the differences in characteristics and symptoms between inguinal hernias and varicoceles?

Actions: | Forward |



Security code
Enter the text as shown above

E-Mail me when someone replies to this post
Answer by Dr Rowena S, MD  on Sat 25, Jul 2009 06:08pm:

Hi, A varicocele is a widening of the veins along the spermatic cord. The valves inside the veins along the spermatic cord prevent blood from flowing properly. This causes the blood to back up, leading to swelling and widening of the veins. They are more common in men ages 15 - 25 and are most often seen on the left side of the scrotum. It presents with enlarged, twisted veins in the scrotum or painless testicle lump, scrotal swelling, or bulge within the scrotum. In inguinal hernia, on the other hand, hernia contents push through a weak spot in the inguinal canal. This presents as bulging or mass in the scrotum. Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia in both men and women.Diagnosis is through physical examination and medical history.
Our doctors provide free answers to your questions. If you are happy with our services, please consider making a donation.
Click the button below to donate.

Please rate my answer (select the stars, no need to log in.)  


Comment by Manoj Saraf on Mon 18, Oct 2010 10:03am:
I have been diagnosed for inguinal hernias and infectious varicoceles. Surgery has been suggested. Can I go for both surgeries at one go? Whether both disease are inter-related? Pls guide.

Comment by Dr Rowena S, MD on Thu 04, Nov 2010 09:01am:
Hi Manoj Saraf, Inguinal hernia is a condition in which intra-abdominal fat or part of the small intestine, bulges through a weak area in the lower abdominal muscles. This can occur any time from infancy to adulthood. Varicocele, on the other hand, forms when valves inside the veins along the spermatic cord prevent blood from flowing properly, leading to swelling and widening of the veins. The presence of one condition does not necessarily mean it is related to the other condition. The surgery is different for each condition and will depend on other factors such as your medical history, age and the procedure itself. Talk to your doctor about this for proper management. Take care and regards.

This question is open for comments.  Please share your opinion.




Security code
Enter the text as shown above

E-Mail me when someone replies to this post

What users are searching right now on Ask Medical Doctor:
photos     Irecentlyhadadcdone92663 Enter your comments here happy     HelloIamveryworrieda92652 Enter your comments here anywhere     had a abortion now slimyclear     Acnonac     what causes mono     chest heaviness burping     does it have thc     what is erlams     iffoundbloodinstool     Hormonetherapyafterlap92623 Enter your comments here carry     Iamlosingstrengthin     childrensfever     posate cancer     howlongtillyougetaids     estaradiol level of 43 in blood test     upset stomache light headed not appetite     kegelballs     thyroid nodule     UyhYLHYLselect pg_sleep8     side pains     fluoxetine and dayquil     Search for answers     renal20issues     lesion     clit     Search for answers     Why is my period lasting so long     Search for answers     doctorsappointment     Search for answers     deadness20in20left20arm     Search for answers     since     Search for answers     Crampy     lossofappetiteduetoprostrateenlargement     ind     vibrationsintheleftlowerabdomen     Iexperiencenumbnessfro92656 Enter your comments here he     search for answers     what is tai     menstrualcrampsbackandabdominalpainvomiting     lips trembling     bicepsindents     vajenal     Fingure sex     Iexperiencenumbnessfro92656 Enter your comments here kidney     diabetic with swollen testicals     Dilata     boob discharge     delete account     hungry     Irecentlyhadadcdone92663 Enter your comments here leak     yohembesafety     headache with pressure in the ears     lowerbackpainafterinjury     haventsleptagitatedsore     yeast in stomach     handssorefallasleep     sticky penis red scrotum     Wartunderheadpenis     Pinwoa     hairybody     yeast     fluoxetine and dayquil     side pains     UyhYLHYLselect pg_sleep8     thyroid nodule     kegelballs     upset stomache light headed not appetite     estaradiol level of 43 in blood test     howlongtillyougetaids     posate cancer     childrensfever     Iamlosingstrengthin     Hormonetherapyafterlap92623 Enter your comments here carry     iffoundbloodinstool     what is erlams     does it have thc     chest heaviness burping     what causes mono     pregnancy     hydrocortisone cream like dermacort     purple bump on breast     Search for answers     why my eyes going inside     Rectocele     Raynaud     childs     HGC DIET     transvaginal     lymph tuberculosis     cerebellar     tongue bumos     signs     chillsduringdaysweatingatnightlossofappetite     backjawtooth pain     Search for answers     canuusepeenthronecreamonyourvagina     blood in nose is high blood pressure     what causes the yellowish color to the tongue     WHAT IS A REASON HAVING MSF IN OVERIES     Testicle swelling     bleeding after orgasm     udderlysmooth     foodinthroat     Search for answers     eate     itchylumpinsideofvagina     Normal     emg     nastribution     Cantgetpregnant     Hip pain on floor     TraUma     ecsema treatmebts     asality     light     Swollenbugbiteon     Result samsaloda     slow urination     Search for answers     how can you cuer a bee stung on the forhead     Search for answers     Cavernous Angioma     hotflashes what is the medicien     

©2011 - Ask Medical Doctor  |  All Rights Reserved
The site is not a replacement for professional medical opinion, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your medical doctor or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to existing treatment. Do not delay seeking or disregard medical advice based on information written by any author on this site. No health questions and information on AskMedicalDoctor is regulated or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore the information should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a medical doctor. Posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author, and not the administrators, moderators, or editorial staff and hence AskMedicalDoctor and its principals will accept no liabilities or responsibilities for the statements made.

Home | Terms & Conditions | Contact Us | Frequently Asked Questions | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Advertise with us