Undescended testicles are often classified according
to their location and whether they can be felt (palpable or
Abdominal or intra-abdominal: The testicle
remains inside the abdomen and cannot be felt (is nonpalpable) during a
physical exam. Often it will be located close to the inner opening of the
intracanicular: The testicle stops in the inguinal canal and cannot be felt
during a physical exam.
Prescrotal or prepubic: The testicle moves
down through the inguinal canal but does not descend completely into the
scrotum. It usually can be felt (is palpable) during a
Ectopic: The testicle descends normally through the
inguinal canal but then moves into an abnormal position in the
groin area. It can be felt.
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