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Undescended testes

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Mrs Aruna Abhyankar Mch FRCS (Paeds), Mrs Kapana Patil Mch FRCS (Paeds)
Foundation Years Journal, volume 4, issue 10, p.20 (123Doc Education, London, January 2011)


Undescended testis is a common indication for referral to paediatric surgery. Its surgical management is guided by clinical examination findings. We present a case based discussion encompassing the aetiology, presentation, surgical management and outcome of an undescended testis.

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Mrs Aruna Abhyankar Mch FRCS (Paeds)

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon/Urologist
University Hospital of Wales
Cardiff CF14 4XW

Mrs Kapana Patil Mch FRCS (Paeds)

Consultant Paediatric Urologist
Evelina Children's Hospital
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
London SE1 7EH


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