Hypospadias is a common birth defect where the
urethra does not extend to the tip of the penis.
Instead, the opening of the urethra is located somewhere along the underside of
the penis, running along a soft groove. The scrotum may also be incompletely
formed or divided into separate sacs or lobes. In many cases of hypospadias,
particularly when the genitals are incompletely formed, the testicles do not
Hypospadias can usually be corrected with reconstructive
surgery, which is usually performed when the boy is between 6 months and 2
years of age. A boy who has hypospadias should not be circumcised because the
foreskin may be needed during surgery.
Hypospadias may be caused
by an intersex disorder, which is a condition that is caused by abnormalities
endocrine system that can produce female
characteristics in a male baby.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology