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Is an undescended testicle always found in babies?

No. About 1 of every 5 cases of undescended testicles are found after the boy is no longer a baby. The testicles of these boys appeared to have dropped normally as babies. If an undescended testicle appears later it is called an "ascending testicle." This happens because the testicle doesn't "fix" itself in the scrotum, and is noticed as the child grows. Often these boys are known to have a retractile testicle before they are diagnosed with an ascending testicle. These testicles need surgery to move them into the scrotum. Sperm won't mature if the testicle stays undescended. For these reasons, boys should have their genitals checked during their yearly physical exam.