Hypospadias is a congenital condition that occurs in male babies where the opening of the urethra is not located on the tip of the penis, but forms somewhere below the end of the penis. The abnormal opening can form anywhere from the tip of the penis to the scrotum. The urethra forms between the 8th and 14th week of pregnancy. It is during this time that the abnormality occurs. In some cases, it is a minor condition and causes no serious effects. In others, it is more severe and must be corrected with surgery.
Hypospadias is classified into three different types, depending on where the opening of the urethra is located. Subcoronal hypospadias is where the opening is located somewhere near the head of the penis. Midshaft hypospadias is when the urethra is located along the shaft of the penis. Penoscrotal hypospadias is when the opening of the urethra is located at the joint between the scrotum and the penis.
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