Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism)

A testicle that does not move down into its proper place in the scrotum before birth is called an undescended testicle. Undescended testes are a common condition. About 3% of full-term and 30% of premature boys are born with at least one undescended testis. This condition can affect one or both testes, and in the majority of cases, only one side is affected.

There are many reasons for a child to have undesceded testes. What is important is for the condition to be identified early and treatment instituted within 6-12 months of age. This requires a doctor trained to do surgeries on children.

If your baby’s testicle hasn’t moved down or cannot be found by 6 months of age, you may need to see a paediatric surgeon for an appropriate examination of your child. If undescended testes /cryptorchism is confirmed, the paediatric surgeon may perform surgery to correct the abnormality before 1 year of life.

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  1. Thank you fo the insightful information! Is there anything we can do to prevent?

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