Surgery or embolization for varicoceles in subfertile men Summary of a Cochrane review

Capsule:
Surgical or radiologic treatment of varicoceles may improve fertility outcomes in subfertile men with clinical varicoceles and abnormal semen analysis.

Authors:
Anja C.J. Kroese, M.D., Natascha M. de Lange, M.D., John Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Johannes L.H. Evers, M.D., Ph.D., Jane Marjoribanks, M.P.H.

Volume 102, Issue 6, Pages 1553-1555

Abstract:

Treatment of varicoceles may improve fertility outcomes in subfertile couples where the male has a varicocele. This systematic review evaluates surgical or radiologic interventions for clinical or subclinical varicoceles.

  • There is no doubt that the treatment of varicocele improves fertility outcomes as summarized in the review. However, the science beyond the mechanism is not as clear. There is a sub set of patients whom varicocele treatment doesn’t result in a benefit. Continue efforts in the understanding of varicocele is needed to better select varicocele patients for treatment.

Translate »