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Pediatric Undescended Testes

Key Points About Undescended Testes in Children

  • Undescended testes means one or both of the male testes have not passed down into the scrotal sac. This is a condition seen in some newborn baby boys.
  • A baby is more at risk if he is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy (preterm), or has a family member with the condition.
  • In many cases, the testes descend on their own into the scrotum by 3 months old. In most cases, the testes descend by age 6 months without any treatment.
  • In other cases, surgery or hormone therapy may be needed.
  • If testes don’t descend, this can cause problems such as infertility, higher risk of testicular cancer, and other problems.


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