I'm pretty sure DS has an Undecended Testical. At what point should I be worried, what can be done for it? (I have not gone to a Dr. yet to ask these questions, but it is on my list of things to do)<br><br>
This is pretty common, although it seems like they would've caught it at his nb exam (unless you uc'd?).<br><br>
There are also testicles that can go up and down on their own, but will eventually settle and stay down -- I forget what that is called.<br><br>
I'd just ask the pedi to check it at your next well child visit.<br><br>
My ds had an undescended testicle at birth. We waited until about 6 or 7 months to see if it would come down on its own, then scheduled to have it brought down surgically. They do this surgery a lot earlier than they used to, b/c it really needs to be brought down prior to age 1 in order to be a functional testicle. If you wait until age 3 or 4, like they used to, the higher temp from being up in the abdomen has basically killed the testicle.<br><br>
I was a nervous wreck about bringing my baby for surgery, but it was very straightforward and I'm glad we did it.<br><br>
One of my sons had an undescended testicle. Watch in the tub - somethimes they just "hide", but drop down in the warm water (in which case it will eventually stay down on it's own). If you have never seen it, it might very well be trapped in his abdomen, and require surgery. My son's was done when he was about 14 months.<br><br>
My older brother had both brought down when he was 4, and is sterile. Of course we don't know if he would have been sterile anyway, but the undescended testicles certainly could have played a role.<br><br>
It's my understanding that not bringing them down increases the risk of testicular cancer as well.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is pretty common, although it seems like they would've caught it at his nb exam</div>
Yeah, I remember with both my boys the doctor checked their testicles at birth, at their 2 month exam, 6 month exam and at their year exam.<br><br>
From what I heard it's not unheard of for a testicle to take a year to descend on its own. But I wouldn't let it go longer than that. As other's have said, I'd worry about my son's future fertility.
i just posted a question similar to this last week. <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=655848" target="_blank">see post</a><br><br>
one is down more than the other but that also the same for my husband (hope he doesnt mind me sharing that bit of info.) we had an ultrasound and was refered to a surgeon and was told it was ok. the farther up one is just more "retractable" than the other. as long as it has room to move down and it's trapped by tissue, we were told not to worry - and that seems to be the case. lucien will be going in again soon for a yearly exam and im going to have them look again.<br><br>
and im not sure if UT leads to testicular cancer but that it's harder to detect lumps and bumps that could be cancer. sterility is a concern though.
from what i remember when we did this, a testicle that is undescended at birth is more likely become cancerous, regardless of whether it comes down (on its own, or surgically) or not, but if you don't bring it down, there is no way to check on it.<br><br>
Thats my vague memory of the cancer thing.
Ds2 has an undescended testicle. The specialist we saw wants to do the surgery when ds is around 1yo, assuming it hasn't descended on its own.<br><br>
I hadn't heard about the cancer risk, but I know it doesn't automatically mean sterility because dh had to have both brought down surgically, and he was around 6yo when it was done - and we had no trouble conceiving our 2 kids! I'd suggest getting it checked out, though.
My son had both testicles undescended. The current recommendation for undescended testicles is surgical correction before age 1. We were referred to a urologist who did not know this. I did research and self referred to a pediatric urologist. I would ask for a referral to a pediatric urologist if your pediatrician feels your son has an undescended testicle. The surgery itself is done on an outpatient basis. My son was in a lot of pain for one night due to the laporoscopy (his testicles were in the abdomen) and inadequate pain management. Despite this, my only regret is that surgery may have been done too late. If I had been referred to a pediatric urologist from the start my son would have had the surgery at 6 months instead of 11.5 months.<br><br>
Historically, men who had undescended testicles corrected at ages 3 or 4 have had high rates of infertility and testicular cancer due to warmer temperatures for the developing testicle. It is hoped that these numbers will improve with earlier correction but it is too soon to tell. Testicular cancer has a 95% cure rate when detected early by testicular self-palpation.
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The longer the testical stays up the higher the risk for complications like infertility and cancer. So If it is truly a undecended testical and not a just one that goes up and down a lot then it needs to be fixed ASAP.
Check it in a warm bath tub before you do anything else - some are just "shy" when in the cold and you can know if there is even anything to worry about by checking in warm water<br><br>
Further, my understanding is that this is a non-issue until they actually closer to puberty and that much of the suggestions about infertility and cancer are in fact more based on fear than realilty (and I have a sibling who survived testicular cancer and a son who was undecended for 2 years and a husband, who is VERY fertile, who was undecended until he was a teen)