How common is undescended testis in premature babies?

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Although uncommon among full-term babies, undescended testis is very common in premature infants. Fully one-third of all boys born premature are born with undescended testis. As with other full-term infants, most of these cases will correct themselves. The condition is not more serious, just more common.

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Undescended Testis

Cryptorchidism, or undescended testis, is a fairly common occurrence in which one or both of the testicles has not moved into the scrotum upon birth. This condition happens in about 4% of baby boys and often corrects itself after ...

a few months. Premature babies have a higher rate of cryptorchidism than full-term pregnancies. Surgery can be used to correct the condition in boys whose testicles have not descended after a few months.
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