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Is undescended testis a form of hypogonadism?

Undescended testis does not affect the release of testosterone, and thus does not qualify as a form of hypogonadism. The long-term effects of hypogonadism, in which the gonads fail to release sufficient amounts of testosterone, are much more severe than undescended testis and require intensive hormone replacement therapy to offset its symptoms. However, if a case of undescended testis results in the lack of both testicles due to damage or malformation, hormone treatments similar to those used for hypogonadism will be required in order to bring on the onset of puberty and maturation.

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