Left testicular varicocoele and nutcracker phenomenon

Case contributed by Brendan Cullinane


Male in early 20s with a dull ache in the left scrotum.

Patient Data

Gender: Male

A left-sided testicular varicocoele was demonstrated and is the likely cause of the patients symptoms.

The left testicular vein drains into the left renal vein (LRV.) Extrinsic compression of the LRV is a potential cause of backpressure leading to a left testicular varicocoele. In this case, nutcracker syndrome (compression of the left renal vein between the SMA and aorta) appears to be the underlying cause.

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Case information

rID: 19739
Published: 8th Oct 2012
Last edited: 5th Feb 2016
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