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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    My son’s testes were in the scrotum when he was born. Why are they not there now?

    What is Ascending Testis Syndrome?
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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 originally develop near the kidneys. They have to pass down the back wall of the abdominal cavity, through a tube in the groin and then into the sac before birth. The passage way for this to happen should then disappear. In some boys it closes off but remains as a fibrous band. This may not grow with the boy, slowly dragging the testis out of the scrotum and back into the groin. This is called the Ascending Testis Syndrome. Affected boys will require surgery to correctly position the testes back in the scrotum.

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