Hypospadias is a malformation that affects the urethral tube and the foreskin on a male's penis. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. Hypospadias is a disorder in which the male urethral opening is not located at the tip of the penis. The urethral opening can be located anywhere along the urethra. Most commonly with hypospadias, the opening is located along the underside of the penis, near the tip.
Hypospadias is a congenital (present at birth) anomaly (abnormality), which means that the malformation occurs during fetal development. As the fetus develops, the urethra does not grow to its complete length. Also during fetal development, the foreskin does not develop completely, which typically leaves extra foreskin on the top side of the penis and no foreskin on the underside of the penis.
According to pediatric neurologists:
The following are the most common symptoms of hypospadias. However, each baby may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of a hypospadias may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your baby's physician for a diagnosis.
A physician or health care professional usually diagnoses hypospadias at birth. The malformation can be detected by physical examination.
At Children’s National in Washington, DC, our pediatric urologists provide comprehensive care for disorders affecting reproductive and urinary organs.
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