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Is a Veiny Penis Normal?

Are they varicose veins? Something else? And how do you know if something's wrong?
An eggplant representing a veiny penis.
Illustration by Tré Carden

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Rare and benign, this condition causes a swollen vein around the head of the penis.
It’s difficult to detect, but if a varicocele goes unnoticed, serious consequences can occur.