Undescended Testes

In undescended testes an infant’s testes do not descend normally into the scrotum.
Normally, the testicles initially appear in the infant’s abdomen justnear the kidney level, later they begin to descend into the scrotum till the end of 8 weeks. Sometimes (UDT/ cryptorchidism is accompanied by other anamolies of rectum, anus, urinary, genital tracts. Premature babies and 1% of the male population face this syndrome.

Types & Causes:

  • Abnormal fetal development.
  • Spina Bifida.
  • Hormonal disorders.
  • An injury/ shock to the genitalia, upper thighs, or lower abdomen of the child.

Symptoms ofundescended testes :

  • Empty scrotum.
  • Inguinal lump.

Diagnosis Tests for undescended testes :

  • Physical Examination.
  • Reflexes checkup.

Treatment of undescended testes

Surgery between one to two years.

Risks:

Risk of infertility is 5%.

Prevention & Precaution is Better than Cure:

  • Regular check-up and tests.
  • Avoid touching the child’s lower abdomen, genitalia or upper thighs.

Alternative Therapies:

Psychological counseling.

All above, treatments are finalized taking into consideration the overall health, severity, age and other ailments of the patient.