In a baby affected by undescended testicles, one or both of his testicles either appear to be missing or cannot be felt in the scrotum. If both testicles are undescended, the scrotum will look unusually small and flat. If only one testicle is affected, the scrotum may look lopsided.
If a testicle has not descended on its own by the time a baby is 6 months old, he should be checked by a pediatric specialist and have treatment if the condition is confirmed. This usually involves surgically repositioning the testicle into the scrotum.
1. In 80% of babies who have cryptorchidism, the testicle is found in the groin. In that case, your pediatrician likely is able to feel it during a physical exam. If your doctor can't feel the testicle, it may also be in the abdomen.