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Men who have or have had an
undescended testicle are more likely to have problems
with the reproductive system. These problems may cause them to be unable to father a child
Early diagnosis and treatment improves a man's chances of being able to father a child. In most cases,
doctors recommend surgical treatment to place the testicle in the scrotum by
age 1 and no later than age 2. How well this works depends on the location of the undescended testicle and the
boy's age when he is treated. Boys who have one
undescended testicle that is just above the scrotum or low in the
inguinal canal are more likely to be fertile than boys
who have two undescended testicles that are high in the inguinal canal or in
Other Works Consulted
Braga LHP, Bagli DJ (2011). Urologic abnormalities of the genitourinary tract. In CD Rudolph et al., eds., Rudolph's Pediatrics, 22nd ed., pp. 1741–1748. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Elder JS (2011). Disorders and anomalies of the scrotal contents. In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., pp. 1858–1864. Philadelphia: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
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