Hypospadias

Hypospadias is a common structural difference of the penis where the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body) is not at the tip of the penis. It can be located anywhere on the undersurface of the penis to the scrotum.

A condition called chordee is often seen with hypospadias. Chordee is a downward curve of the penis. This can occur with or without a hypospadias. 

The types of hypospadias include:

  • Distal or glanular:  most common form when opening is found near the head of the penis
  • Midshaft:  when opening is found in the middle to the lower shaft of the penis
  • Penoscrotal:  when  opening is found where the penis and scrotum join
  • Perineal: when opening is behind the scrotal sac. These are the most severe forms of hypospadias and are less frequently found.