Undescended Testicle
Category:
Illnesses
Age:
9 mo.
Undescended Testicle
Hi

At my son's birth, and later at his five weeks checkup, we were told that he had both of his testicles.

At his five months checkup, it was determined, however, that he has probably only one testicle, and that he has retractile testicles. Yesterday we gave him a warm bath, as the testicles tend to hide when it is cold, however we could not feel them.

We have read some articles that if the baby's testicle has not descended descended on its own within the first year of life, it is most likely that he gets a surgery.

What do you know about retractile resticles and what can be done about it?


Helen Hansen
Answer

Hello

1 out of 25 Danish baby boys experiences that the testicles do not descend into the scrotum after birth. This is also called cryptorchidism, the reason probably having to do with a decreased hormone production. It may also be a genetic deficiency, in some cases the reason is that the mother has been smoking heavily during pregnancy ...

In most cases the testicles descend during the first months. Sometimes a hormone treatment is recommended, sometimes a sugery. A sugery will often be the solution in case only one testicle has not descended, or in case the testicle may be found in the abdominal cavity or the groin.

I recommend that you contact your GP or your pediatrician in order to get an examination. You should not worry that it may take time as it is most likely that a possible surgery will be perfomed before your son is one year old.

I hope this is helpful, and I wish you tue best of luck:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen