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Risk Factors

One risk factor is hypospadias . With this condition, the opening of the urethra is on the bottom of the penis instead of at the tip of the penis.


In mild cases, surgery may not be needed. The doctor will monitor your child’s condition. In other cases, surgery may be done to straighten the penis. The curved appearance will be straightened by:
  • Removing tissue that is constricting the erection
  • Lengthening the urethra
  • Making the longer and shorter sides of the penis equal in length
Surgery is usually done in children aged 3-18 months.


American Academy of Pediatrics

Urology Care Foundation



Canadian Urological Association

Health Canada



Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Guideline Clearinghouse. Congenital penile curvature. AHRQ, National Guideline Clearinghouse website. Available at: . Published March 2009. Accessed January 31, 2013.

Hypospadias. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated January 26, 2013. Accessed January 31, 2013.

Hypospadias/chordee. Cincinnati Children's Hospital website. Available at: Updated December 2010. Accessed January 31, 2013.

Hypospadias and chordee. Comprehensive Medical Center website. Available at: Accessed January 31, 2013.


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