Chordee causes a sharp curve of the penis. It is most apparent during an erection.
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Chordee develops before birth. It may be caused by tight skin on the bottom of the penis or problems with the urethra. The urethra is the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body. Chordee may develop if the tube is too short or there is thick tissue around the tube.
Chordee causes the penis to be curved. It does not cause pain.
The doctor can often see chordee during a physical exam. A specialist may do further tests. Mild chordee may not be found until later in childhood.
Mild chordee may not need treatment. The doctor will check for any future problems during regular exams.
Severe chordee may need surgery. Steps to straighten the penis may include:
The cause of chordee is not clear so there are no clear steps to prevent it.
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Last reviewed September 2020 by
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Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 9/3/2020