How can undescended testis cause testicular torsion?

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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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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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