Hypospadias is a birth defect (congenital disease) in which the penis does not develop in the usual way.
There are different anatomical variants but the most common is that the opening of the urethra (hole where urine comes out) does not reach the tip of the penis and is in its lower part.
It occurs due to an abnormality in the development of the foreskin, glans, urethra and anterior aspect of the penis.
Its identification is usually made from birth but in some cases the defect can go unnoticed and the diagnosis can be delayed until the age at which the foreskin is usually retracted (4-6 years).
The defect not only affects the aesthetics of the penis but also leads to alterations in function such as: difficulty in urinating «standing up», a fine or deviated urinary stream and a curved erection. This malformation can also affect the psychosexual development of the child and adolescent. Requires surgical treatment