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How is undescended testis related to inguinal hernias?

A case of undescended testis can weaken and widen the inguinal canal, allowing a hernia to develop in the lower abdomen. Normally the inguinal canal allows the passage of the testes from the abdomen to the scrotum, and then closes up nearly completely. With an inguinal canal weakened from testes that failed to descend, or only descended partway, the passage is left vulnerable to pressure put on the intestines - straining during a bowel movement or doing heavy lifting - which can result in a hernia.

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