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Cryptorchidism Overview

What is cryptorchidism?
Normally, the testes move from the abdomen into the scrotum during the 7th month of development in the uterus. An infant with cryptorchidism has one testicle that remains in the abdomen. In some cases, both testicles remain in the abdomen. In most cases, the testicles descend into the scrotum by 6 months of age. Occasionally, surgery is required to place the testicle in the scrotum.

What are the symptoms of cryptorchidism?
In cryptorchidism the testicles are absent from the scrotum.

How does the doctor treat cryptorchidism?
Treatment for cryptorchidism may include hormone therapy and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cryptorchidism References
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