Written by Faith Anderson on April 14, 2011
What is Hypospadias Birth Defect?
Hypospadias is a congenital birth defect affecting the formation of a male infant’s genitals in utero. Under normal circumstances, a child’s urethral opening is located at the end of the penis. However, in infants with hypospadias, the opening is located on the underside of the penis. Cases of hypospadias can range in severity, from less severe instances in which the opening is located near the end of the penis, but on the underside, to an opening located at the mid-shaft or base of the penis, and more serious cases in which the opening is located in or behind the scrotum.
Hypospadias Signs and Symptoms
Besides a misplaced urethral opening, infants born with hypospadias typically struggle with additional complications, including:
- Abnormal spraying during urination
- Having to sit down to urinate
- A malformed foreskin which makes the penis look hooded
- Downward curvature of the penis
Hypospadias Birth Defect Treatment and Complications
Children born with genital defects like hypospadias require reconstructive surgery in order to repair the defect, a procedure which is often conducted before the child is eighteen months old. In fact, in some cases, surgery may be performed as young as four months old. During surgery, the penis is straightened and the malformation is corrected using tissue grafts from the foreskin, which is why children with this condition should not be circumcised. In some cases, the child may require multiple surgeries in order to fully repair the defect and restore the child’s quality of life. Unfortunately, if hypospadias is left untreated, the affected child may struggle with difficulty during toilet training and problems with sexual intercourse in adulthood.
How to Deal With a Hypospadias Diagnosis
Hypospadias is a relatively common condition, affecting approximately one in every 300 newborn boys. Hypospadias can be an extremely debilitating condition for an affected child, resulting in issues with urination and, if left untreated, during toilet training and even sexual intercourse later in life. Unfortunately, genital defects like hypospadias among infants may be linked to the use of pharmaceutical drugs by women during pregnancy. Some studies have suggested that women who take certain pharmaceuticals while pregnant, particularly anticonvulsant drugs, may increase their risk of giving birth to infants with one or more serious birth defects, including hypospadias.
Victims of serious injury or illness associated with the use of a dangerous drug are not at fault, and should not be held accountable for the consequences resulting from their injury. More and more defective drug lawsuits are being filed against pharmaceutical companies by victims of defective drug injuries, in order to seek compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered from a genital defect like hypospadias, which you believe to be associated with the use of a pharmaceutical drug, contact a defective drug attorney to discuss your legal options. Experienced defective drug lawyers are well-versed in defective drug litigation and can help defective drug injury victims collect the compensation they deserve.