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A persistent undescended testicle usually is treated between 6 months and 2 years of age. Most cases can be corrected with a surgical procedure called orchiopexy, in which the surgeon brings the testicle down into the scrotum through the normal abdominal opening and then stitches it into place. Occasionally, more extensive surgery is required.

Hormone injections may be tried prior to surgery. The hormones that are used stimulate the testicles to produce higher amounts of testosterone. This may help the testicle move down into the scrotum.

If the testicle is absent or needs to be removed because it is abnormal, then testicular prostheses (artificial implants) can be considered later in life.

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