What are the AUA guidelines on cryptorchidism?

Updated: Dec 17, 2020
  • Author: Joel M Sumfest, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Guidelines published by the American Urological Association in 2014 include the following [1] :

  • Referral for cryptorchidism should occur by 6 months of age
  • Imaging for cryptorchidism is not recommended prior to referral
  • Orchiopexy is the most successful therapy to relocate the testis into the scrotum
  • Hormonal therapy is not recommended
  • Successful scrotal repositioning of the testis may reduce but does not prevent the potential long-term issues of infertility and testis cancer
  • Appropriate counseling and follow-up of the patient are essential

For patient education information, see Undescended Testicle.

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