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Dr. Craig Smith
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Undescended Testicle (Overview)

Undescended testicle denotes a testis that does not stay inside the sac or at least below pubic tubercle at relaxation with its best moment at sleep, which are usually congenital (in-born), but may occasionally result from surgery after inguinal or intrascrotal procedures, and not infrequently it may be confused with retractile testis. More? Ask experts.


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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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Dr. Craig Smith
61 doctors shared insights

Undescended Testicle (Overview)

Undescended testicle denotes a testis that does not stay inside the sac or at least below pubic tubercle at relaxation with its best moment at sleep, which are usually congenital (in-born), but may occasionally result from surgery after inguinal or intrascrotal procedures, and not infrequently it may be confused with retractile testis. More? Ask experts.


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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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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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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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After treatment of undescended testicles how long will it take for them produce testosterone and make me grow facial hair, more pubic hair etc. ?

After treatment of undescended testicles how long will it take for them produce testosterone and make me grow facial hair, more pubic hair etc. ?

Depends: Testosterone production in the undescended testicle is often normal. If you had both testicles undescended, and you have only just had the surgery, you should get a serum testosterone done. You might have additional problems with the testicles overall function. Additional blood work or genetic testing may be needed if the testosterone is low. ...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?

Yes: Testcles are not meant to be in the abdomen since testicular tissue may become malignant exposed to high temperature of abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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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

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What are the risks involved with undescended testicle surgery?

What are the risks involved with undescended testicle surgery?

Fortunately low: Usual surgical risks of bleeding, postoperative hematoma & infection with obese boys at greater risk. Sometimes difficult to place undescended testis low or at base of scrotum. Occasionally testis may atrophy due to impaired blood supply. There is potential risk of "secondary ascent" especially if mothers carry child on their hip after surgery or older boys pressing video game control between legs. Fortunately rate of complications is low. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


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