Congenital Chordee and Surgical Repair: Chordee is a condition in which the head of the penis curves, either down or up. It is usually noticed during an
What is Congenital Chordee?
How common is Chordee?
Congenital Chordee is rather common. Some journals have reported that it can happen in as many as 1 in 200 male births. If you suspect your child has Congenital Chordee seek the advice of your child’s pediatrician or a pediatric urologist for diagnosis and repair options.
Chordee is usually due to a congenital defect. It is possible that the condition is due to the arrest of penile development. It may also be due to a sexual development disorder.
Additionally, circumcision has been reported to result in chordee, as well.
Diagnosis is made by physical examination by a pediatrician or urologist.
What is the recommended age for repair?
The recommended age to repair a Chordee is between the ages of 6 months to 18 months of age.
Z-Plasty Surgical repair:
Chordee is treated surgically by a pediatric urologist. A certain technique called a “Z-plasty,” in which a Z-shaped incision is made, and triangular flaps are sutured together is used in chordee due to circumcision. Surgery is usually performed between the ages of 6 and 18 months, with a positive outcome in most cases.
Complications of Surgery
Complications due to local anesthetic use are the most common in chordee repair, but this is a relatively benign procedure, and complications are rare.