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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that my son was born with just one testicle?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See below: It is possible. He should be evaluated by a pediatric urologist. He may have a retractile testicle, an undescended testicle or testicular agenesis.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Maybe: For that to happen, some event during pregnancy would have cut off the blood supply and it just self destructed.Testes originate near the kidneys and travel a lot during pregnancy. It is more likely still present somewhere between the lower abdomen and its proper position in the scrotum.An ultrasound can sometimes locate it.Then a pediatric urologist can retrieve and move it down.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

My son was born with one testicle. Can he have a replacement?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Replacement ?: The workup of this problem includes looking for the missing testicle, which could be high in the groin or inside the abdomen. The area is explored at surgery and if found, an attempt is made to bring the testicle into the scrotum.If there is no testicle a synthetic one could be placed.Waiting until puberty to do so could avoid repeated surgeries.
Last updated Oct 29, 2015

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