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 on the underside rather than the tip of the penis. The opening 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 glandular: The most common form when opening is found near the head of the penis.
  • Midshaft: Occurs when opening is found in the middle to the lower shaft of the penis.
  • Penoscrotal: This occurs when the opening is found where the penis and scrotum join.
  • Perineal: Occurs when the opening is behind the scrotal sac. These are the most severe forms of hypospadias and the least common.