Does undescended testis affect children differently than adults?

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Although undescended testis is a condition that affects infants, the side effects can last a lifetime. As an infant and toddler, changes occur to the testicles that determine their functionality over the remainder of one's lifetime. Therefore, the way undescended testis is treated during infancy can influence overall health well into adulthood.

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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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