Does Your Son Have an Undescended Testicle?Posted by Andrea Higgins on Jan 31, 2013 in Health | 2 comments
Below are a few tidbits of what you need to know. The video is even more helpful.
- As a baby boy grows inside the womb, his testicles form inside his abdomen and move down (descend) into the scrotum shortly before birth. If that move or descent doesn’t occur, the baby is born with a condition known as undescended testicles. (kidshealth.org)
- An undescended testicle is typically detected shortly after birth. For most boys, the problem corrects itself within the first few months of life. (mayoclinic.com)
- If the testicle hasn’t moved into the scrotum by the time your son is 4 months old, the problem probably won’t correct itself. (mayoclinic.com)
- Surgery (orchiopexy) to bring the testicle into the scrotum is the main treatment. Having surgery early may prevent damage to the testicles that can cause infertility.
- The exact cause of an undescended testicle isn’t known. (mayoclinic.com)
- Boys Born With Undescended Testicles Have Higher Testicular Cancer Risk (medicaldaily.com)
- 18 and Under: Needed: More Attention to Boys’ Development (well.blogs.nytimes.com)