More commonly referred to as an undescended testicle, cryptorchidism can be a serious medical condition. It is characterized by a testicle that has not moved into the scrotum before birth.
The condition is not very common. It occurs most frequently in prematurely born male babies. Typically, cryptorchidism only affects one testicle. However, both testicles are undescended in about 10 percent of cases.
Fortunately, most cases of cryptorchidism resolve on their own. During a child’s first few months of life, the testicle will descend into the scrotum without any medical intervention.
If your son has cryptorchidism, medical professionals can correct the problem with a surgical procedure. Generally, physicians give the testicle ample time to drop on its own so that they do not subject the child to an unnecessary surgery.
However, if your child experiences complications, then medical staff may need to move forward with surgical intervention sooner.