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I THINK my DS has an Undecended Testical. It sure looks like there is only one in there right now.<br><br>
Now, i was always under the impression that the testicals dropped within the first month or so after birth, not before. Can someone verify?<br><br>
We have not been to a Dr. yet (i'm procrastinating) but, that is on the agenda.<br><br>
Can someone tell me anything more about undecended testicals? Thank you!
 

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Sometimes they don't descend before birth. You might be able to feel the testicle down low in the abdomen. Sometimes when cold, baby boys' testicles can migrate up then drop back down when they are warmer. You can give it a little while to see if it drops on it's own. If it doesn't drop, I'd see a Dr. Undescended testicles could lead to infertility due to the temperature being too high in the body versus down lower in the scrotum.<br>
Keep us posted.<br>
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My son who is now 9 had a undecended testical since birth. We kept an eye on it to see if it would drop on it's own. It did not and just before his second birthday we had surgery to bring it down. I would say that this surgery was more difficult on us as parents that it was on him. I can't even see the scar anymore. I am glad we did it for one as the previous poster said they can have fertility issues and two becuase it was up very high in his abdomen and never would have came down on it's own.
 

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I find the different info the pp's have been given interesting (different from what we have been told by our dr's.) My DS1 is almost six and both of his testicles are undescended. I have questioned our ped several times, who has discussed it with the ped surgeon here in town. They have said that since they can easily be brought down manually, but then just go back up on their own, that they don't worry about it and if they still have not come down by the time he reaches puberty then they will bring them down surgically. Our younger son has one undescended testicle and the dr. just checks it at every appointment to make sure he can bring it down manually.<br><br>
Now I wonder if I should be pushing the issue further?
 

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There is a big difference between undecended and testicals that will come down but stay up high most of the time.<br><br>
With undecended they never come down even when you try to make them and this can cause infertility and cancer problems.<br><br>
The kind that can come down and do on occasion can stay cool if they need to because they can decend when needed.<br><br>
Having said that I think if it were me I would request a second opinion with a new urologist. Seems like both being high all the time could impact his fertility later on.
 

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hello i wondered if you decided to do the surgery? now i am worried i have always taken my kids tot here doc appts and got all there shots and of course the doctors told me that they both dropped now he is 11 yrs. old i took him for an exam and this doc tells me the one hasnt completley dropped and it is something to worry about when the 2 peds i took him to say no.now i am worried!!! thanks,jen
 

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It is my understanding that a true undescended testicle will not drop on it's own post birth as they are too high and cannot push through all the muscles, ligaments and such to make their way into the scrotal sac. They are usually located in the inguinal canal (where the leg meets the torso), but occassionally can be higher up and into the abdomen itself. Left in their undescended position they are at risk for fertility problems as pp's have said due to temperature issues. Cancer unfortunately is an increased risk for these testicles whether they do surgery to bring them into the sac or not (not sure why this is), however they are easier to palpate and detect masses in if they are in the correct location. I have done ultrasounds on undescended testicles and been completely unable to find them. Because of their increased risk for cancer IMO they are better off in the sac where someone can keep an eye on them.
 

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2 out of my 3 grandsons had an undescended testicle.<br><br>
Both had surgery at age two.<br><br>
I've read since then, not to do surgery before age three because there is still a chance it will come down.
 
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