Pediatric Congenital Penile Curvature (Chordee)

Pediatric Congenital Penile Curvature (Chordee)



Congenital penile curvature – or chordee — causes the penis to be bent, especially during erection.

Expanded overview

A fairly common birth defect in males, chordee results in the penis bending, most notably during erection. Many males with congenital (present at birth) penile curvature also have hypospadias (a urethral opening underneath the penis rather than at the tip). 


Chordee results from the abnormal development of the penis, but experts are not sure of the exact cause.


Symptoms of chordee include:

  • Penile torsion – when the midline raphe (ridge typically located on the underside of the penis) wraps around the penis
  • Skin tethering – when skin is unusually tight around the penis
  • Webbed penis (penoscrotal fusion) – when the underside of the penis is fused with the scrotum
  • Dorsal preputial hood – when the foreskin only covers the upper side of the head of the penis

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