NiS is supported and advised by medical experts including GP
and TV doctor Dr Chris Steele, health journalist, medical
author and GP Dr Sarah Brewer, and consultant paediatrician
Dr Colin Michie.
Dr Sarah Brewer answers a number of commonly asked questions
Q: My baby has undescended testicles. Is this common?
testicles are increasingly common, affecting around one in
100 full term baby boys and one in 10 premature male infants.
Usually, only one testicle fails to come down, but occasionally
both testicles remain inside the abdomen. An undescended testicle
may creep down on its own during the first few months of life,
but if it is not down by the age 12 months, an operation is
essential to correct the problem. This is because if a testicle
is left inside the body it will fail to develop properly and
will produce very few sperm at puberty. Those left inside
are also more likely to become cancerous in the future.
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