Testicles are male sex organs that make and store sperm. Before a boy is born, his testicles normally drop into the scrotum. The scrotum is the sac that hangs below the penis. When a testicle doesn't drop before birth, it's called an undescended testicle. This means it is still in the belly. Doctors don't understand why some testicles do not descend.
Your doctor will check your child's scrotum at each visit. He or she will likely advise a wait-and-see approach at first. In most children, a testicle that hasn't dropped will move into the scrotum by the age of 3 months. If this does not happen, your child may get hormones to help the testicle drop. In some cases, surgery is needed to move the testicle into place.
Treatment is important. This condition makes it more likely that your son may not be able to father a child later in life. It also increases the chance of having cancer of the testicles.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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