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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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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