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Do only premature babies have undescended testicles?

Do only premature babies have undescended testicles?

No: Undescended testis can be seen in full term children. The crucial part of the exam is whether it is retractile or truly undescended. Current recommendations are to repair undescended testis by the 1st year. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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My 5 month old baby is diagnosed with bilateral nonpalpable undescended testicles.what are the future problems associated. can he have a baby?

My 5 month old baby is diagnosed with bilateral nonpalpable undescended testicles.what are the future problems associated. can he have a baby?

Undescended testicle: The testicles must be found by ultrasound. If it is possible, they will bring at least one of the testicles into the sac and fertility will be maintained. ...Read more

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Does having undescended testicles always mean infertility?

Does having undescended testicles always mean infertility?

No, not even if both: Most undescended are unilateral & prognosis for fertility is excellent. Fertility in males with bilateral UDTs is fair, provided they are brought down as early as possible. Preferably between 6 - 12 months-of-age. Longer U wait chances of fertility drop. Men or boys born with bilateral UDTs, which remain uncorrected by puberty are almost certainly infertile. ...Read more

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What is the connection between infertility and undescended testicles?

What is the connection between infertility and undescended testicles?

Cryptorchidism: The testicles require a lower body temperature to best function - that's why they hang down from the scrotum. Undescended testes can cause dysfunction of sperm or testosterone making fertility more difficult. ...Read more

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Can someone with previously undescended testicles father a child later?

Most likely yes: Despite damage to the undescended testicle and often a subclinical anomaly of the contralateral testicle, the majority of men will be fertile. Also, with modern advances in assisted reproduction, most men can father a child. ...Read more

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Can I have kids with undescended testicles? Will i be infertile if I have undescended testicles?

Can I have kids with undescended testicles? Will i be infertile if I have undescended testicles?

Undescended testes: If both your testes were undescended at birth and were never brought down into the scrotum, you are likely infertile. You also are at somewhat increased risk of testicular cancer. I would strongly recommend you visit a urologist. ...Read more

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What are undescended testicles? What are undescended testicles? Is this common? Is it genetic? What can I do to "fix" it?

What are undescended testicles? What are undescended testicles?  Is this common?  Is it genetic?  What can I do to "fix" it?

Undecended: Usually in children/babies the testes does not come down all the way into scrotum. After a period of time if testes doesn't come down can be brought down surgically. See peds urologist. ...Read more

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Undescended testicles should be brought down by what age?

Undescended testicles should be brought down by what age?

6 - 12 months: Recommended age to bring down testicles has gradually descended with time. We know testicle undescended at age 6-months in a previously full-term infant will not descend on its own. Also early pathological changes have been found in in undescended testes by age 1-year, hence rational for early orchidopexy surgery. Ex premature babies can wait till age 1-year.False 2 believe in late descent. ...Read more

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Can undescended testicles be cured at 19 years old?

Can undescended testicles be cured at 19 years old?

Define cure: To maintain normal function the undescended testis is usually located & brought down surgically if possible by a year of age. Delays diminish the chance that it will make normal sperm. The testis must first be found if present as it can loose blood supply & disappear. If abdominal, it may not have blood vessels long enough to let it be brought down. Your urologist can provide you with more detail. ...Read more

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Has anyone had their son, ages 3-5, have surgery for undescended testicles?

Has anyone had their son, ages 3-5, have surgery for undescended testicles?

Yes. : Since there is a significantly higher risk of cancer if the undescended testicle is operated on after puberty, the recommendation is for early correction. Age 3-5 can be difficult, of course, since they are more aware of their genitals & have been potty trained than those age 3 or less. The most important thing is to first have a full evaluation by a pediatric urologist. ...Read more

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Testicles (Definition)

The testicles are the two oval male gonads, or reproductive glands, located in the scrotum. The seminiferous tubules of the testis are the site of spermatogenesis and its leydig cells secrete testosterone. The term testicles is synonymous with testes or gonads. The singular form is ...Read more


Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Premature Delivery (Definition)

Premature delivery is birth prior to the 37th ...Read more