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Also known as: cryptochidism.
Typically by the age of 9 months, an infant boy’s testicles will descend from inside the body into the scrotum. If this does not occur, it is known as undescended testicles.
Problem during development in the womb are often the cause of undescended testicles. Babies born at a low birth weight or exposed to alcohol or cigarette smoke in the womb are more likely to have them. Other medical conditions like Down syndrome can also cause undescended testicles.
The physical absence of a testicle or both testicles from the scrotum is the primary symptom of undescended testicles. Other than that, there are typically no symptoms related to the condition.
A surgical procedure known as orchipexy is the most common treatment for undescended testicles. Other times, hormone treatments may stimulate the testicles to move into the scrotum.
Reviewed by: Andrew S Labbie, MD
This page was last updated on: September 09, 2019 09:56 AM
Testicular tumors are growths on the testicle. They occur in infant boys, or after boys enter puberty.
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