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|Undescended testicles can be categorized on the basis of physical and operative findings: (1) true undescended testicles (including intra-abdominal, peeping at the internal ring and canalicular testes), which exist along the normal path of descent and have a normally inserted gubernaculum; (2) ectopic testicles, which have an abnormal gubernacular insertion; and (3) retractile testicles, which are not truly undescended. The most important category to distinguish on physical examination is the retractile testis, because no hormone or surgical therapy is required for this condition.|
|A true undescended or ectopic inguinal testicle will be felt to "pop" under the examiner's fingers during this maneuver. A low ectopic or retractile testicle will be felt by the opposite hand as it is "milked" into the scrotum. The ectopic testicle will immediately spring out of the scrotum when it is released. The retractile testicle will remain momentarily in the scrotum until further stimulation causes a cremasteric reflex.
Differentiation of a retractile testis from a true undescended testis is sometimes difficult; consultation with a urologist may be valuable.
Originally Posted by maida
We just got back from the doctor who told us that Zander has RETRACTILE testicles and is perfectly normal and does not require surgery.
I am the happiest mama on the planet right now!
It was the best doctor's appt ever. The ladies in the office were so nice and just doted on the boys while we waited. They got stickers, lollipops and really enjoyed their saltwater tank. They usually don't get very many kids there, being a urological office.
Anyway, the doctor said that since Zander's testicles (or as Zander calls them: tentacles ) go all the way down to the bottom of his scrotum, that he is normal.
It's possible that Zander was just very tense the day of our first appt, which is why the other doctor recommended surgery. I don't fault the other doctor...neither of his testicles were down that day.
Anyway, I'm just happy that my baby is not going under the knife! :
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