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Varicocele G029

Last amended 
28 June 2015
Current RMA Instruments:
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
3 of 2011
Balance of Probabilities SOP
4 of 2011
Changes from Previous Instruments:

SOP Bulletin 148

ICD Coding:
  • 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 presents as a “bag of worms” mass in the upper scrotum.  It may be asymptomatic or cause mild symptoms.

Is specific diagnostic evidence required to apply the SOP? – No.
Are there sub-factors that require specific information? – No.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Scrotal varices
Conditions not covered by SOP
  • Varices of other sites
Unconfirmed diagnosis

If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then:

  1. seek medical officer advice about further investigation, or;
  2. generate a diagnostic report, or;
  3. re-encode the condition, if appropriate.

The following investigations may be useful in establishing the diagnosis.

  • Nil - diagnosis made clinically.