What causes undescended testis?


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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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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