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Pediatric Hypospadias

Key Points About Hypospadias in Children

  • Hypospadias is a problem where the opening of the urethra is not at the tip of the penis. The opening may be lower down on the underside of the penis. Or it may be in the scrotum. The foreskin of the penis also forms abnormally.
  • It is a problem that some boys are born with. It happens during a baby’s growth in the uterus.
  • It can be fixed with surgery. Surgery is often done when a baby is 6 to 24 months old.
  • Your baby should not be circumcised at birth. This is because the foreskin may be needed to repair the penis. In some cases, more than one surgery is needed to complete the repair.
  • If the condition is not repaired, your child may have problems such as abnormal urine flow, a curving penis, and infertility.


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