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Assocaition Between Cryptorchidism And Fertility
Cryptorchidism is also known as Undescended testicle. 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
The following: 1) Cryptorchid testis will have impaired or absent sperm production. Testis requires slightly reduced environmental temperature of scrotum 4 sperm production. 2) Slight increase risk of testicular cancer, so testis should be brought down so can be diagnosed early & cured. 3) Psychological. Most self respecting males want 2 testes down. 4) Slightly greater risk of testis torsion or trauma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does one sided cryptorchidism cause infertility in men? Does a man with one healthy testicle have a lower sperm count?
Likely fertile: Sperm count will probably be within normal limits because remaining testicle will grow larger (compensatory hy[pertrophy) and thus produce more sperm than if it were 1 of a pair, but count may be slightly reduced. Semen volume is unaffected and normal because >95% is produced by the seminal vesicles, prostate and cowper's glands. Sperm is no > 5% of ejaculate.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hidden testis: 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 in utero (i.e. Torsion). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: When a baby is born with both hypospadias and one or two undescended testicles, there may be a chromosomal or hormone defect. With a severe hypospadias and two undescended testicles that cannot be palpated, the baby may be a girl with a severe hormone anomaly called congenital adrenal hyperplasia. At birth, these children must be evaluated by a urologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Orchidopexy surgery: Cryptochidism signifies a hidden or non-palpable testis, although many erroneously use the term for any undescended testis. Ultrasound should first be performed if testis is non-palpable. Then laparoscopy if us is negative. Orchidopexy surgery, either laparoscopically, or by open trans-abdominal or inguinal surgery. ...Read more
Pediatric urologist: A pediatric urologist is the most specifically trained person to address this issue. However, pediatric surgeons are also trained in testicular maldescent and perform these repairs (orchiopexies) often. Some general urologists concentrate a portion of their practice in pediatrics and are fully capable of addressing this issue as well. ...Read more
Testicles in males develop in abdomen and descend into the scrotum shortly before birth. An undescended testicle is not functional because the temperature in the abdomen is too hot for sperm production. Furthermore, males with undescended testicles are at increased ...Read more
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