Posted by: Keri | 2009/09/14

9yr old boy with one teste

My son is 9 and has complained that he can only feel one teste in his sack. Should he go to the doctor?

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Dear Keri
Sometimes the testis will pull up on the one side but it will usually descend again. Many males have what are called retractile testes. This is a benign condition in which the testes tend to lie high in the scrotum such that the scrotum may look empty especially when it is cold. Differentiating this condition from undescended testes is important as undescended testis can cause cancer in a young man. See if he can feel the testis after a warm bath in a squatting position and if he can pull it down into the scrotum. If not, rather see your doctor.
Dr Bets

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