Hypospadias Penis Defect

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Penis Defect: Hypospadias

Hypospadias is a relatively common penile defect that looks like it would be horrible to have permanently. Basically, the urethra opening for urination is mislocated on the underside of the shaft, rather than at the top of the penis. This misplacement may often be coordinated with a distinct bend in the penis that is especially pronounced during erection. Now, more than 75% of penises curve a bit in some direction, but this is more distinct (like Peyronie’s Disease).

Since these two defects may make urination and sexual intercourse difficult later in life, surgery is usually prescribed. Fortunately, almost all cases can be treated successfully. The operation lasts from two to four hours, and is almost always performed on an infant ages 8-12 months (although there are no physical complications for performing the surgery later in life).

Hypospadias occurs in about 1/125 infant males. In most cases, the cause of the hypospadias is not known. Certain conditions, however, are known to result in hypospadias. If the testes fail to produce adequate amounts of testosterone, virilization (enlargement and development of the genital tubercle and scrotal swellings) will not be complete and hypospadias will result.

Similarly, if the cells of the genital structures lack adequate androgen receptors, hypospadias will occur. If those cells lack the androgen converting enzyme, 5 alpha reductase, inadequate androgen stimulation will follow and hypospadias will occur.

To see real photos of hypospadias patients – so long as you don’t have a problem with malformed penises