Undescended testis is a condition frequently seen by the surgeon, especially the genito-urinary surgeon. As the condition is generally noted early in life by anxious parents, the patients are soon brought for expert opinion and advice, a fortunate occurrence, as practically all such afflicted children are thus seen by the medical profession early enough to escape permanent testicular damage incident on long delay in surgical correction.
Observers have differed regarding the incidence of this condition. Marshall1 of Edinburgh, on examining recruits for the British and conscripts for the French armies, reported in 1828 an incidence of 1.02 per cent among 10,800 men examined. Zeibert,2 1898, reported an incidence of 0.2 per cent in 6,962,543 examined in the Austrian army between 1870 and 1882. Bevan3 estimated the incidence at 1 in 500. The United States War Department4 reported 3.1 per thousand men examined for the draft, or
CABOT H, NESBIT RM. UNDESCENDED TESTIS: PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF TREATMENT. Arch Surg. 1931;22(5):850–856. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1931.01160050161010
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