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Missing testicle Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Missing testicle. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How old is the person with the missing testicle? The testicles normally descend into the scrotum in the seventh month of gestation (pregnancy). Continued descent of the testes may progress after birth, but descent comes to a halt before 1 year of age. If the testicles are not in the scrotum after 1 year of age they begin to degenerate and the person becomes sterile (infertile)
  2. Is the missing testes constant or intermittent?

    Why: Must distinguish Cryptorchidism and ectopic testicle from retractile testicle. The very active cremaster muscle of children under the age of 3 years of age and the small size of the testicles allow them to retract back allow the canal. A retractile testicle can usually be manipulated back into the lower scrotum, it functions normally and will not require surgery.

  3. Can the testicle be felt anywhere other than in the scrotum?- The testes remain in the abdomen until the seventh month of pregnancy and then pass down a canal into the scrotum. Cryptorchidism is a lack of complete descent of the testicle along the normal pathway of descent. Ectopic testicle is descent to an abnormal site such as the penis, thigh or just below the skin in the groin
  4. Past medical history?

    Why: Cryptorchidism is associated with Klinefelter's syndrome, horseshoe shape kidneys, renal agenesis (lack of development of a kidney) and ureteral reflux (reflux of urine backwards along the ureter).

  5. Infertility (if person with missing testicle is an adult)?

    Why: Cryptochidism and ectopic testes may be complicated by abnormal production of sperm and therefore infertility.

  6. Symptoms of inguinal hernia?

    Why: e.g. dragging, aching sensation in the groin that gets worse as the day passes. Sometimes there is nil discomfort. The groin lump may get smaller when laying down and you may be able to push the lump away. Cryptorchidism and ectopic testicles may be complicated by an inguinal hernia.

  7. Symptoms of testicular torsion (rotation of the testicle causing deprivation of the blood supply)?

    Why: e.g. sudden onset of pain, described as severe aching sickening pain in the groin that may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Cryptorchidism and ectopic testicles are prone to testicular torsion which demands emergency surgical intervention.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Missing testicle:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Missing testicle:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Missing testicle' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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