African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

: 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 199-

Ultrasound diagnosis of varicocele

Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China

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Dr. Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Ultrasound diagnosis of varicocele.Afr J Paediatr Surg 2014;11:199-199

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Ultrasound diagnosis of varicocele. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Oct 27 ];11:199-199
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The recent report on ultrasound diagnosis of varicocele is very interesting. [1] A study by Fiogbe et al. concluded that "varicocele is better studied by ultrasound." [1] In fact, the ultrasound diagnosis can be useful non-invasive investigation. However, there are also some issues on its limitation. First, the inter-personal variation in interpretation of ultrasound result can be expected. Carlsen et al. in their study have reported that the estimated size of testes is varied by observer. [2] A study by Yuen et al. noted that "sources of error due to movements as a result of the subject being in the water during examinations were inevitable and must be taken into account." [3]


1Fiogbe MA, Alao MJ, Biaou O, Gbenou SR, Yekpe P, Sossou R, et al. Ultrasound diagnosis of varicocele in the adolescent: Our experience from Benin. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2013;10:295-8.
2Carlsen E, Andersen AG, Buchreitz L, Jørgensen N, Magnus O, Matulevicuus V, et al. Inter-observer variation in the results of the clinical andrological examination including estimation of testicular size. Int J Androl 2000;23:248-53.
3Yuen QW, Ying MT, Brook FM, Kinoshita RE. Reliability of 2D ultrasound measurements of testis size in dolphins taken under voluntary behavior. Ultrasound Med Biol 2009;35:1005-9.