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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why aren't testicles inside the body, instead of the scrotum?

    Why does the testis need to be in the scrotum?
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  • Prof Andrew J A Holland

    Paediatric Surgeon

    Professor Holland is a specialist Paediatric Surgeon who has been working in Sydney for over 20 years. Although a general Paediatric Surgeon, his special interests … View Profile

    The testes should normally be present in the scrotum from birth so that they are kept cooler than the rest of the body. This is really important for the growth and development of the testis during childhood. Testes that are not in the normal position may be a cause of infertility and have been associated with a higher risk of testicular cancer in adult life.

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