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How can undescended testis cause testicular torsion?

An undescended testis is more vulnerable to becoming twisted up on its spermatic cord, a condition called testicular torsion. When torsion occurs, blood flow to the testicle is cut off and severe pain follows quickly. Even worse, without prompt medical attention the testicle may become damaged beyond repair and have to be removed.

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