The gliding testis: Minor degree of true undescended testis?

A. Lais, S. Caterino, M. Talamo, A. Nahom, P. Bagolan, F. Ferro

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The gliding testis is located below the external ring; it can be manipulated to the upper scrotum but tends to ascend to its original position. Histologic changes can be detected in these gonads by 7 years of age. We evaluated 427 consecutive prepubertal boys referred for cryptorchidism. One hundred and twenty-three had classical undescended testes: 71 ectopic, 55 retractile, and 178 (mean age 6 yrs. 2 mos.) gliding testes. The gliding testes were smaller than controlaterals in 24% of boys. All gliding testes were unilateral, whereas bilaterality was 85% in the retractile group (P

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number2 Supplement
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1993


  • Cryptorchidism
  • Familial incidence
  • Gliding testis
  • Spermatic cord torsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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