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What is undescended testis?

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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Are there other names for undescended testis?
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Undescended testis can go by a variety of other names, the most common being cryptorchidism. Another...
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What are the symptoms of undescended testis?
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There are no immediate symptoms of undescended testes. Apart from the obvious lack of one or both te...
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Does an undescended testis mean my son is intersex?
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Blood and genetic tests, and not undescended testes, are the key to determining whether a child is i...
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Is undescended testis serious?
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Although there are no immediate health concerns caused by undescended testis, long-term side effects...
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