What is Hypospadias?

Hypospadias is a congenital abnormality of the penis in which the urinary tract opening is not at the tip. In a normal penis, the urine tube (urethra) travels through the shaft of the penis to an opening located in the center of the head of the penis (glans). In boys with hypospadias, the urine tube is short and does not come out to the end of the penis. Fortunately, 90% of hypospadias cases are minor with the urethral opening on or just below the head of the penis.

The different degrees of hypospadias are named according to their location.
In mild forms, coronal hypospadias, the urethra is located just under the corona glandis. Occasionally, the urethra develops only to the junction of the penis and scrotum; this is known as peno-scrotal hypospadias. This condition is called chordee and may be associated with bending of the penis on erection.

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