What is undescended testis?

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Undescended testis is a condition in which one or both testicles do not descend to the scrotum before birth. Normally, when a male baby is developing in the womb, the testicles grow within the abdomen, then descend through a channel in the groin to come to rest in the scrotum, a sack of skin behind the penis. Undescended testes, however, fail to come down either in part or at all, remaining up in the abdomen or somewhere in the channel between the abdomen and scrotum.

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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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