Is undescended testis serious?

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Although there are no immediate health concerns caused by undescended testis, long-term side effects can be serious. The long-term side effects can include higher risk of testicular cancer and infertility. This is why earlier treatment for the condition is better. Certainly, if the testis has not descended by the time the baby is a year old, serious damage can occur if not treated promptly.

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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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