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A varicocele is a dilation of the veins leading to the testicle and they usually become noticeable during puberty.
Varicoceles may be present in 15 percent of the male population. Most adolescent varicoceles are typically not bothersome. Any scrotal discomfort, soft mass in the scrotum, or a difference in size of the testicles should be evaluated for varicocele.
Many varicoceles are managed with close observation and regular examinations looking for changes in the varicocele and testicle. Your pediatric urologist will be able to evaluate the varicocele for severity and discuss treatment options with you.
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