the testicles normally descend?
testicles are the male sex organs that produce sperm and the male
hormones. They form near the kidneys. As the fetus grows in the
mothers womb, the testicles move down through the groin
into scrotum. Normally they are in the scrotum before birth.
a testicle doesnt descend
a testicles doesnt fully descend into the scrotum before
birth. Instead, it stops somewhere along the normal pathway between
the kidney and the scrotum. Or it may stray from this pathway.
What causes this is not known. An undescended testicles is most
common in premature babies, and mostly only one testicle is affected.
retractile testicle is sometimes confused with an undescended
testicle. A retractile testicle has descended into the scrotum.
However, when the muscles that attach to the testicles contract,
the testicle is pulled back up into the groin. As the boy matures,
the testicles will remain in the scrotum. Treatment is rarely
babys doctor may detect an undescended testicle at birth.
More often, it is found when the baby is few months old. The doctor
will most likely check the testicles over the next few months
to see if it descends on its own.
If not, surgery is needed to bring the testicles
down into the scrotum.
an undescended testicle
undescended testicle can usually be felt during a physical exam.
Your baby lies on his back for the exam. An older child may be
asked to squat. The doctor places his or her fingers on the childs
groin and then gently moves them toward the scrotum until the
testicle is felt. If the testicle cant be found with an
exam, imaging studies, such as ultrasound or other special tests
may be needed.
doctor will most likely wait for a few months to see if your sons
testicle will descend on its own. The closer the testicle is to
the scrotum, the greater the chance it will come down. If the
testicle does not descend on its own, it can still be treated.
If both testicles have not descended, or if the testicle is above
the groin, the doctor may advice tests and earlier treatment.
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updated on 09-10-2001