Undescended testicle

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If a boy's testicles have not descended by the time they are three to four months old then surgery may be needed to prevent fertility problems later in life.

Key points

  • Undescended testicle has not lowered into the scrotum.
  • Often, the condition corrects itself within the first few months of life.
  • Surgery may be needed if the testicle does not descend on its own.
  • If untreated, there is an increased risk of fertility problems.
Last updated: March 5th 2010