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Q My new baby grandson has been diagnosed with an undescended testis and my daughter is worried. Can you reassure her?

A I'll try. First of all undescended testis is quite common, and about six in 100 boys have this when they are born.

The position of the baby's testicles are usually assessed at birth and again at the eight-week check.

If your grandson has been found to have no other abnormality he'll have another check at three months. This is to allow the testis to descend naturally but if it's still undescended your grandson will be referred to a surgeon.

Don't get nervous because action isn't taken immediately.

Surgical correction to reposition the testis is not usually done before six months and ideally is done between six and 18 months of age.

It might be interesting to ask around the family to see if any other male children had undescended testis because sometimes it runs in the family.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 3, 2019
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