Undescended testis

Summary: Paediatric urological referral indicated

Advice: Paediatric urological referral for orchidopexy is indicated in children; adults should be referred for consideration of orchidectomy to reduce the risk of malignancy
Refer To: Paediatric urologists (or any adult urologist for adults)


Clinical information

The available evidence suggests that orchidopexy should certainly be performed before the age of school entry, and probably before the age of 2 years, to preserve testicular function

The differential diagnosis includes retractile testis. If in doubt about the nature of a retractile testis, please seek advice from the Paediatric Urologists

Undescended testis in an adult is usually an indication for removal of the testis, especially if it is intra-abdominal. Ultrasound of the groin is a reliable means of detecting an ectopic or maldescended testis in an adult

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