Cryptorchidism

Below you will find more information about Cryptorchidism from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Cryptorchidism it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Cryptorchidism and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Cryptorchidism comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Cryptorchidism, also referred to as undescended testicle, is a condition in which the testes did not completely descend into the scrotum.

Diagnosis

The condition is usually diagnosed in the examination of a newborn during which the doctor examines the baby's groin area. If the testicle is not in its normal location in the scrotum, the doctor diagnoses the condition. Imaging tests such as ultrasound and x-rays are used to locate the testes and confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

The condition usually self-corrects. If not, surgery may be an option to move the testes in its proper position in the scrotum. Another option is hormonal therapy in which the descent of the testes is induced.

Symptoms and Signs

The testicle has not completely descended into the scrotum, which may still be inside the abdominal cavity or partway down the inguinal canal or may have never formed.

Causes

The exact cause of the condition is unknown but anything affecting the descending process may cause it. Hormonal abnormalities during gestation or an abnormally developed testis may possibly cause the condition. If one or both testicles are completely absent, the blood supply to the gonads may have been twisted during gestation.

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