What increases my risk for undescended testis?


The greatest risk factors for undescended testis are low birth weight and premature birth. Any factor or condition that might interfere with the growth and development of the fetus during pregnancy, such as Down syndrome, smoking and the drinking of alcohol by the mother, or diabetes, appear to make it more likely the baby will be born with undescended testicles. Exposure to certain pesticides while pregnant has also been linked to the condition. Lastly, a family history of undescended testicles in male members appears to increase the risk of having a child with the condition.

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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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