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What is an undescended testicle (cryptorchidism) cause?

What is an undescended testicle (cryptorchidism) cause?

Exact causes unknown: There appear to be many factors:- can be genetic ( e.g. Father may have had same), hormonal ( mother taking estrogens, birth control pill or child conceived by ivf, meat sources fed estrogens), prematurity (small premature babies have higher incidence), environmental factors can affect hormones as can nerve activity from the ileo-inguinal nerve. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Cryptorchidism (Definition)

The testis develops in the abdomen during fetal life and descends all the way to the scrotum on both sides. Given this long journey, it is not surprising that 3% don't make it at birth. When the testis on one side or the other is non palpable, it is said to be cryptorchid. There is a 5% chance that it did not develop normally or that is atrophied from a loss of blood supply ...Read more


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How do you treat an undescended testicle?

How do you treat an undescended testicle?

Orchidopexy surgery: Surgical approach depends upon position of undescended testicle. Intra-abdominal or high intra-canalicular testes are sometimes best managed laparoscopically. However, most undescended testes are brought down by performing an inguinal orchidopexy. Best performed after age-6-months if child was born at term, by one year if born prematurely. Otherwise, soon after diagnosis if diagnosis is made later. ...Read more

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Undescended testicle .where can I get help?

Undescended testicle .where can I get help?

Wrong place to ask: This is the HT public information site where docs, primarily in the USA answer health questions. You are welcome to use it for that purpose. We have no access to or information about local healthcare options around the world where this site is seen. You should contact your local doc or healthcare plan for a referral to a surgeon. ...Read more

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Is the size of an undescended testicle abnormal?

Is the size of an undescended testicle abnormal?

Yes: A true undescended testicle is usually smaller than a normal testis for the same age. One school of thought believes that the testis does not descend because it is malformed or maldeveloped and that includes size, ductal connections and length of the spermatic cord. ...Read more

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Anyone have experience with undescended testicle?

Anyone have experience with undescended testicle?

?pts age??: Approach to undescended testis has gradually become more aggressive over the past 3 decades as data show the negative effect letting it stay in the abdomen have on fertility or the opposite testis.Locating & bringing it down if possible by 6m to 1y is common with a trend toward earlier surgery.Those found high in the scrotum or canal at birth are generally watched ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an undescended testicle?

What are the symptoms of an undescended testicle?

Not at scrotal base: An undescended does not reach base of scrotum & can be high in the scrotum, groin, next to scroyum, above penis or non palpable in the inguinal canal or abdomen. Usually free of symptoms or occasional vague feeling of groin discomfort. Groin swelling from companion inguinal hernia can occur. Undescended are at increased risk of torsion which would result in severe and acute groin pain. ...Read more

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Can I have children if I have an undescended testicle?

Can I have children if I have an undescended testicle?

Probably: It depends if it is truly undescended or retractile . Retractile means it is high up in the scrotum and can be felt this should not cause problems with fertility. If it is truly undescended and can't be felt the undescended teste will probably not produce sperm , but if the other testicle is ok you should have no problem. An undescended testicle should be seen by a physician and repaired. ...Read more

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Can you have kids if you have an undescended testicle?

Can you have kids if you have an undescended testicle?

Yes: If undescended testis repaired early you should have normal function. Plus you have other testicle. If really concerned after you get married your doctor can perform a sperm count. ...Read more

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Don't know what I should do with my undescended testicle?

Don't know what I should do with my undescended testicle?

Depends on location: At your age not worth doing anything if testis is palpable ; doesn't bother you. Worth removing, with or without placement of testicular prosthesis if causing pain or discomfort. 1 testis will suffice for both testosterone ; sperm production. Undescended testis at age 26 years won't produce sperm. Consider minimally invasive laparoscopic removal of testis if intra-abdominal to avoid cancer risk. ...Read more

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What to do if a repaired undescended testicle is reascending?

What to do if a repaired undescended testicle is reascending?

Consult urologist: Secondary reascent is known complication of orchidopexy surgery. Might be worth fixing again, although won't affect fertility at your age. Would be more cosmetic than functional. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a corrected undescended testicle to be much smaller than the other?

Is it normal for a corrected undescended testicle to be much smaller than the other?

No: It isn't normal for a corrected undescended testicle to be much smaller than the other. It may be slightly smaller, and this is usually due to the fact that the testicle was abnormal to start with. If the testicle is much smaller, it usually is an indication of inadequate blood supply of previous torsion with partial resorption. Physiologic function of this testicle would be questionable. ...Read more

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Help please! is being an undescended testicle man can affect my future child from being normal?

Interesting question: I'd first consider it a risk to your own health and fertility. If that testicle remains in your abdomen at has a higher risk of testicular cancer in your lifetime and can decrease your fertility. Should you escape both issues, any sperm that swims hard enough to do the deed should be normal.The weak ones don't make it. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an undescended testicle and I haven't done anything about it. is that bad?

What to do if I have an undescended testicle and I haven't done anything about it. is that bad?

Can be: It depends on the real reason your testis is not detected. Some never complete the journey from where it originated next to the kidney, down through the abdomen to land in the scrotum. If it remains in the abdomen it increases your risk of testicular cancer and man diminish your fertility. The usual plan is to find and bring it down no later than 1 yo. For some, removal is the best plan. ...Read more

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Undescended testicle question? If you didn't get it out when a child, should it be removed as an adult?

Undescended testicle question?  If you didn't get it out when a child, should it be removed as an adult?

Relocation possible: You don't necessarily remove it completely. You cannot monitor it for changes that would suggest cancer if it sits hidden in your abdomen, but it may still provide proper hormonal support for your body.Surgery to relocate to your scrotum may be possible.If not and the other normal testis is in the scrotum it could be removed without harming your system. ...Read more

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I'm a 23 year old man with a undescended testicle what procedure do I need to undergo to fix this problem?

I'm a 23 year old man with a undescended testicle what procedure do I need to undergo to fix this problem?

Removal of testis: If you are a 23 year old male and have an undescended testis, it is unlikely to function. It may require removal. See a urologist and or general surgeon. A thorough exam, you most likely have just had and the testis was not found. The doctor will need to see if the testis exists. Talk with your doctor about how to proceed. There are artificial testis available that can be utilized. ...Read more

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Undescended testicle can it cause oligospermia?

Undescended testicle can it cause oligospermia?

Well...: The answer is YES, but more important, is that an undescended testis (if it is really undescended) is more at risk to develop cancer, so it is customary to have it removed. Please Consult with a UROLOGIST soon! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: undescended testicle repair?

See below: Repair consists of a small inguinal incision, dissection of the spermatic cord from the surrounding attachments, ligation of a hernia if one is present and placement of the testicle in the scrotum in such a manner as to prevent its retraction. A small second incision is placed over the scrotum. Exceptions occur in up to 10% of the cases from the above description. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on experience with undescended testicle surgery?

Can you give me more info on experience with undescended testicle surgery?

Orchidopexy: Surgery best performed starting 6-months-of-age for a full term infant ; about 9 - 12 months for an ex-premature baby boy. Most performed via small groin incision, high undescended or intra-abdominal testes may be brought down laparoscopically. Lots of information at www.Chp.Edu/chp/orchidopexy+surgery. ...Read more

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Undescended testicle question. How long do you wait for the baby's testicle to come down?

6 months: If baby was full term. Hopefully before age one year. Up to one-year if born premature. Some testicles appear to reascend, these should be brought down as soon as they appear incompletely descended. General urologists may feel uncomfortable operating on babies in which case see a pediatric urologist or pediatric surgeon. ...Read more

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Undescended Testicle Repair (Definition)

Repair consists of a small inguinal incision, dissection of the spermatic cord from the surrounding attachments, ligation of a hernia if one is present and placement of the testicle in the scrotum in such a manner as to prevent its retraction. A small second incision is placed over the scrotum. Exceptions occur in up to 10% of the cases ...Read more


Testicle Pain (Definition)

Testicular pain can be acute or chronic, and is perceived as pain emanating from the scrotum. Sudden, sharp pain is often referred to as an acute scrotum, and requires quick evaluation to rule out testicular torsion. Trauma and infections can present similarly. Chronic orchalgia is usually a dull ache, and is often difficult ...Read more