What causes undescended testis?

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The exact cause of undescended testis remains unclear. That is to say, it is not known why some babies are born with one or both testicles outside the scrotum. What is certain is that the condition is more common in premature babies, and that most cases correct themselves soon after birth. It has been speculated that a combination of genetics and various environmental factors during pregnancy may play a role in causing undescended testis by disrupting critical developmental stages as the fetus is growing.

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