What is a retracted testicle and how is it treated?

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What is a retracted testicle and how is it treated?

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A Retractile Testicle is one that will not stay down in the scrotum where it belongs, so your doctor should be checking your son's testicles at every physical. During the first year of life this is critical, because if the testicle has not come down into the scrotum by the first birthday they might refer them for a surgery. Your doctor should continue to check your sons testicles throughout his life at every 'well-child' check to make sure he doesn't have a retractile testicle. If a testicle can be brought down into the scrotum but then goes right back up, that testicle might require surgery as well. The problem with a retractile testicle is if a testicle spends most of its time near the body instead of being in the scrotum, the higher temperatures can actually decrease his sperm counts later in life and he might have trouble having babies.

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General Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jordan was born in Riverside, California and received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has since worked in many different settings.  Currently she is an attending pediatrician at the Altamed General Pediatric Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she teaches pediatric residents and sees her own patients in private practice.  She has been featured on ABC7 and FOX11 news as well as the Patt Morrison Show on 89.3 KPCC.  Her latest project is the asthma clinic at Altamed, where she can spend more time educating patients and parents about optimizing their asthma care and minimizing ER visits and lost school days.  

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