Chordee is a bend of penis that happens when the penis curves sharply up or down. It usually happens at the very end of the penis at the glans, or tip.
Chordee is relatively common, happening in about 1 of every 300 of male children, caused by decreased elasticity in one or more of the fascial layers, leading to shortness of one of the corpus cavernosum when erection occurs.
It can be congenital or may be acquired later due to injury to the organ.
Congenital Chordee is an associated complication or symptom of hypospadias.
Chordee may be acquired due to trauma, or as a complication of Peyronie’s disease.
The classic and easily noticeable symptom of chordee is a sharp curve of the penis, either upward or downward.
Mainly chordee is associated with an abnormal urinary condition in boys called Hypospadias.
Other possible symptoms of chordee include:
Chordee is a complication or symptom of hypospadias. Hypospadias is an abnormal urinary condition in boys, which is indicated with abnormal urethral opening. It is located on the underside of the penis rather than at the tip.
In case of congenital Chordee the neonatologist diagnose the chordee by looking for symptoms on the penis at the time of birth of boy. Also if acquired, chordee can be easily noticed.
Chordee if significantly creating problems to the patient, it is corrected through surgical intervention. The Reconstructive Urologist will discuss the benefits and risks before the surgery.
Surgery is done to straighten the penis making sure that the length remains same on all sides of the penis.
And in case of hypospadias, it is ensured that urethral opening remains at the tip of the penis.
Most repairs of chordee last a lifetime and lead to normal, healthy function of the penis provided an expert reconstructive urologist has done the chordee correction surgery.
Complications after the surgery are not common, but they do occur as other procedures have.