Hypospadias is a complex of abnormalities that affect a male’s penis, where the main problem is that the urethral tube is underdeveloped, the forskin doesn’t completely cover the head of the penis, and there is curvature of the penis.

The tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body is called the urethra. Hypo (below) spadias (opening), is a disorder in which the male urethral opening is along the underside of the penis. More commonly with hypospadias, the opening is located near the tip; less common the opening is near the scrotum. Hypospadias can be graded mild, moderate, or severe; (or sometimes referred to as glanular, midshaft, or penoscrotal). About 85% of boys with hypospadias have a mild degree.

Rarely, newborn boys with hypospadias may also have other congenital abnormalities such as undescended testes. These boys will have genetic testing.