Congenital penile curvature, also known as “chordee,” is a condition that is present at a boy's birth. The penis typically bends down. Parents may notice it early in their childhood during diapering, but some boys don’t know until after they have gone through puberty and noticed it themselves. The curvature is usually noticed only with erection.
A slight degree of curving is seen in a normal penis. In many cases, the penis can curve to the left or right when it is erect and cause pain, and difficulty from having intercourse.
The symptoms of chordee are a sharp curve of the penis, the curve may start anywhere from the base of the penis near the testicles to the beginning of the glans.
Other possible symptoms of this condition are:
Doctors are not very sure what causes the tissues to stop developing. Genetics might be a reason too.
Chordee is congenital. The doctor can diagnose chordee by looking for the symptoms on the penis when the child is born.
The doctor uses a saline solution to make the child's penis firm to check the curve. If it curves more than 30 degrees then chordee surgery is suggested.
To check the overall health of the child, urine and blood tests are done.
The doctor will discuss the benefits and risks involved before the surgery.
The ideal time for this surgery is before two years of age. The treatment includes straightening your child's penis and making sure that the urethral opening is at the tip of the penis. To perform this procedure, the doctor will:
If chordee is not diagnosed until adulthood, surgery can still be effective. Some may need to have additional surgery to achieve a final repair of the chordee. The surgery will make the penis growth and development normal.
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