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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 164-167
Bioline Code: js16018
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 164-167

 en A Rare Cause of Acute Abdomen – The Torsioned Intra abdominal Testicular Tumor
seife, Henok & Habteyohhanes, Tadesse


Cryptorchidism is a developmental defect in which the testes fail to descend completely into the scrotum. Isolated cryptorchidism affects 3% of full-term male newborns. True undescended testis is unilateral in 80% cases. Approximately 70- 77% of cryptorchid testes will spontaneously descend, usually by 3 months of age. Approximately 10% of testicular tumors arise from undescended testes. The higher the position of an undescended testis, the greater is the risk for development of malignancy. Almost half of the tumors that occur in testes are located abdominally, with 6-fold higher frequency than in an inguinal testis. The most common tumor that develops from the cryptorchid testis is the seminoma. Complications of intraabdominal testis such as torsion, rupture and bleeding are rare1.

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