Familial hypospadias

Overview

What is familial hypospadias?

Familial hypospadias is a common birth defect that affects males, and occurs when the opening of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is not located at the tip of the penis. Familial means that multiple members of the family are affected by this condition. If hypospadias is not treated early, problems can occur later in life that affect sexual intercourse or cause problems with urinating while standing.

The size and location of the opening of the urethra is different from person to person with hypospadias. Depending on the location of the opening and severity of the hypospadias, the surgical treatment plan and outcome can be different.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/familial-hypospadias/overview/2975 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-07-20

References

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/glossary=hypospadias

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