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Prognosis

The outlook is best if the condition is recognized and corrected before 2 years of age.

Orchiopexy may reduce the risk of infertility because normal sperm production requires the cooler temperature found in the scrotum. After treatment, 50% to 65% of males with 2 undescended testicles are fertile, and 85% with a single undescended testicle are fertile.

Although orchiopexy does not reduce the risk of testicular cancer, it does increase the likelihood of early detection.

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