FRCS, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Wessex Regional Centre for Paediatric Surgery, Southampton General Hospital, East Wing, Shirley, Southampton SO9 4XY.
Ascent of the Testis: Fact or Fiction
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2008
British Journal of Urology
Volume 57, Issue 4, pages 474–477, August 1985
How to Cite
ATWELL, J. D. (1985), Ascent of the Testis: Fact or Fiction. British Journal of Urology, 57: 474–477. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.1985.tb06315.x
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2008
- Accepted for publication 19 November 1984
Summary— Ascent of the testis from the normal to an undescended position has been observed in 10 patients. In 9 of them there was a complete hernial sac and it is suggested that the acquired malposition of the testis is due to partial absorption of the processus vaginalis into the parietal peritoneum. Alteration in the length of the inguinal canal with growth may be an additional contributory factor. The mean interval between the original and subsequent observations was 5.2 years, leading to a late orchiopexy at a mean age of 9.4 years.