Avoiding Unkind Cuts

A nonsurgical treatment for infertility should have men sighing with relief

FEW PEOPLE THINK THAT RADIOLOGISTS CAN ACTUALly treat medical conditions; they handle the X rays. Maybe patients should think again, particularly men with an infertility problem: varicose veins in the testes. About 15% of men have such abnormalities, which apparently heat the testicles and damage sperm.

Radiologists can often solve the problem. Using their skill with X-ray imaging to guide them, they make a needle puncture into a vein in the groin and thread a very thin tube to the testes. The doctors then seal off the varicose veins with coils or chemicals that are sent through the tube. Johns Hopkins...

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