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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2001 June;53(2):99-103

language: Italian

Cryptohypospadias. Surgical approach and long-term results

Dipaola G., Camoglio F. S., Bianchi S., Cervellione R. M., Giacomello L., Chironi C., Ottolenghi A.

Policlinico «G. B. Rossi» - Verona Chirurgia Pediatrica


Background. Chordee without hypospadias is a rare morphological abnormality of the penis capable of interfering with sexual function. Usually, cases of chordee without hypospadias require surgical correction, and the aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of the techniques normally used in this pathology.
Methods. The authors analyze the surgical outcomes achieved in 34 patients presenting various degrees of ventral or lateral curvature of the erect penis and operated on in our department over the past 22 years. Twenty-nine subjects attended for follow-up, including 13 who have now reached adulthood.
Results. The milder forms of chordee without hypospadias (Horton and Devine type III and lateral deviations of the penis) all benefited from minor surgery (dermal grafts and Nesbit dorsal plication of the contralateral penile tunica albuginea) and were corrected with a single operation. The most serious forms of chordee without hypospadias -where the hypoplasia variously affected the corpus spongiosum, Buck’s fascia and the dartos fascia (Horton and Devine types I and II), were submitted to a supplementary extensive urethral mobilization or occasionally a urethroplasty and one-third of them presented persistent residual curvature.
Conclusions. The authors advocate a more aggressive surgical approach (urethroplasty and/or patches on the ventral tunica albuginea as an alternative to urethral mobilisation) in subjects with more pronounced defects.

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