Surgery is inadvisable: Massive varicocele due to portal hypertension
Article first published online: 30 SEP 2005
International Journal of Urology
Volume 12, Issue 9, pages 852–854, September 2005
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SCHULTE-BAUKLOH, H., KÄMMER, J., FELFE, R., STÜRZEBECHER, B. and KNISPEL, H. H. (2005), Surgery is inadvisable: Massive varicocele due to portal hypertension. International Journal of Urology, 12: 852–854. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2042.2005.01170.x
- Issue published online: 30 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 30 SEP 2005
- Received 28 September 2004; accepted 18 January 2005.
- benign intrascrotal lesion;
- portal hypertension;
The pathophysiology of idiopathic varicoceles as a dilatation of the pampiniform venous plexus has been traced to anatomical and embryological development, but is still unclear. Right or non-decompressible lesions are worrisome for retroperitoneal pathology, such as renal cell carcinoma, hydronephrosis, abdominal neoplasm or fibrosis. As a very rare finding we describe a patient who presented with an exorbitant left sided varicocele due to portal hypertension. We were well advised to avoid surgery.