Does undescended testis run in families?

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Although no clear links have been established, it appears that there is a genetic link to increased risk of undescended testis. That is to say, if there is a history of undescended testis among men in the family, the odds of a boy being born with the condition increase. Any other family history of problems with genital development also increases the risk of undescended testis.

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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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