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Current RMA Instruments
3 of 2011
4 of 2011
Changes from previous Instruments
- ICD-9-CM Codes: 456.4
- ICD-10-AM Codes: I86.1
A varicocele is the equivalent of varicose veins, affecting the network of veins draining the testicle. It usually presents as a “bag of worms” mass in the upper scrotum. It is usually left-sided.
Confirming the diagnosis
The diagnosis is made clinically and can be made by a treating GP.
The relevant medical specialist is a urologist.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
- Scrotal varices
Conditions excluded from SOP
- Varices of other sites
The condition first appears at puberty and may become larger over time. It may be asymptomatic or present with a dull ache.
Worsening would be evidenced by enlargement of the varicocele and an increase in symptoms.