Birth Abnormalities /

Undescended testis in the newborn

01 In Brief

The testes form in the abdomen near the kidneys during fetal life. By birth in most babies they have descended into the scrotum. In 3 percent of normal boys this does not occur. Some will descend on their own by 3-4 months. If this doesn't occur then early surgical treatment is desirable to maintain fertility later in life. This is usually performed before the first birthday.why this occurs in some boys is not known.

02 What Others Say

  • Children's Hopsital Boston has an excellent overview

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Last updated: 10/06/2011