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How does undescended testis affect the body?

Although there are no immediate complications from an undescended testis, health problems can occur later in life. An undescended testicle is more prone to problems, since it is trapped within the warm core of the body and cannot regulate its temperature as in the scrotum. There is an increased risk of developing testicular torsion, a painful condition that can kill the testicle, as well as higher risks of hernias in the groin and testicular cancer. Men who were born with undescended testicles may also have low fertility later in life.

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What increases my risk for undescended testis?
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The greatest risk factors for undescended testis are low birth weight and premature birth. Any facto...
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Is undescended testis serious?
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Although there are no immediate health concerns caused by undescended testis, long-term side effects...
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What is undescended testis?
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Undescended testis is a condition in which one or both testicles do not descend to the scrotum befor...
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How is undescended testis diagnosed?
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An undescended testis is easily diagnosed by its absence from the scrotum. The doctor will use his f...
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