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Retractile Testicle

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a retractile testicle?

A retractile testicle is a testicle that moves back and forth between the scrotum and groin. A muscle near the testes causes the testicle to move towards the body and out of the scrotum. The testicle usually returns to the scrotum on its own. One or both of your child's testicles may be affected.

Male Reproductive System

What are the signs and symptoms of a retractile testicle?

How is a retractile testicle diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child's scrotum and feel your child's testicles. Your child's provider may try to move the testicle by hand if it is in your child's groin. This should not hurt your child.

How is a retractile testicle treated?

Treatment is not usually needed. Most children grow out of this condition by puberty. Your child may need surgery if his testicle stays in his groin.

How can I manage my child's retractile testicle?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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