Retractile testicle (1686)

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What is a retractile testicle?

A testicle that may move up in the groin is a retractile testicle.  It can be brought down into the scrotum and stay there.

What causes a retractile testicle? 

A strong cremasteric reflex can cause retractile testicles. 

When does this usually happen?

In some boys, the reflex is very strong.  It may be happen from temperature changes or feeling stress and worry. It is more common between birth and 10 years old.

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.