Pronounced: kor-DEEEn Español (Spanish Version)
Chordee is a birth defect of the penis. It causes the penis to be curved downward during an erection. If left untreated, this can cause problems in later years. For example, it can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse. Talk to the doctor if you think your child may have this condition.
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Chordee is a congenital condition. This means that it occurs when the baby is developing in the womb. It is sometimes due to a shortened urethra or having thick tissue around the urethra. The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body so that urine can exit. Other times, the problem may be due to the skin on the bottom side of the penis being too short.
One risk factor is hypospadias . With this condition, the opening of the urethra is on the bottom of the penis. Normally, the opening is at the tip of the penis.
This condition may not be detected until later in childhood.
The doctor may diagnose the condition during a physical exam. A specialist called a urologist may do a procedure to create an artificial erection. This allows the doctor to examine the penis. Chordee may also be found during surgery to fix another problem that affects 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:
Surgery is usually done in children aged 3-18 months.
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Urological Association
Canadian Urological Association
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Guideline Clearinghouse. Congenital penile curvature. AHRQ, National Guideline Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=12595&search=chordee . Published March 2009. Accessed August 13, 2010.
Penn State Children’s Hospital. Chordee. Penn State Children’s Hospital website. Available at: http://www.hmc.psu.edu/childrens/healthinfo/c/chordee.htm . Updated October 31, 2006. Accessed August 13, 2010.
Last reviewed September 2011 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last updated Updated: 9/1/2011
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