The UK NSC recommendation on Cryptorchidism screening in newborn boys

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening recommended by UK NSC?

Detection of delayed descent of the testicles forms part of the routine physical examination of all newborn baby boys and again at 6-8 weeks.

More about Cryptorchidism

While in the womb, male babies' testicles develop in their abdomen. Towards the end of pregnancy, the testicles travel down into the scrotum. Both testicles should be in the scrotum by the time the child is one year old. If this is not the case, the testicles are described as being ‘undescended’. This is also known as cryptorchidism.

» Read more about undescended testes on NHS UK

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


British Association of Perinatal Medicine
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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