The UK NSC recommendation on Cryptorchidism screening in newborn boys
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Detection of delayed descent of the testicles forms part of the routine physical examination of all newborn baby boys and again at 6-8 weeks.
A Programme Centre has been set up in England and all aspects of the examination are being reviewed.
Find general information about population health screening.
More about Cryptorchidism
While in the womb, male babies' testicles develop in their abdomen. Towards the end of pregnancy, the testicles travel down into the scrotum. Both testicles should be in the scrotum by the time the child is one year old and if this is not the case, the testicles are described as being ‘undescended’ (this is also known as cryptorchidism).
This is most common in premature babies and around one in 20 male babies is born with an undescended testicle. The incidence at the age of one year is around 1%.
» Read more about undescended testes on NHS Choices
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• Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
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