Medical history for undescended testicle

If a doctor thinks that a baby or young boy has an undescended testicle, he or she will usually ask the parents the following types of questions:

  • Have the testicles appeared normal during any previous exams?
  • Was your baby born prematurely or with a low birth weight?
  • Have any other males in your family had undescended testicles?
  • Was the mother exposed to certain drugs or toxins while she was pregnant, such as anabolic steroids?

If the male is an older boy, a teenager, or an adult, the doctor will likely ask questions more focused on his medical history:

  • Has he had any previous surgery in his groin area, such as for an inguinal hernia?
  • Has he ever been treated for an undescended testicle?

Last Updated: May 14, 2009

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