This question was answered on Sat 25, Jul 2009 07:08pm by Dr Rowena S, MD

inguinal hernia vs. varicocele

Asked by jeffno (Male; 19 ) on Thu 23, Apr 2009 07:25pm

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

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Answer by Dr Rowena S, MD  on Sat 25, Jul 2009 07:08pm:

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.

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Comment by Manoj Saraf on Mon 18, Oct 2010 11:03am:
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 10:01am:
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.

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