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Report: Hypospadias Now as Common as Cleft Palate

Reports of increasing cases of hypospadias, a birth defect in males when the urethra emerges on the shaft or base of the penis rather than the tip, were prevalent from 1960 to 1980, with trends dropping early into the 1990s. However, more recent statistics reveal that it is a birth defect still an issue today, affecting approximately every 1 in 300 men worldwide.

babyA recent article from the Daily Mail claims that the number of males suffering from this condition has doubled in a generation, making it as common a birth defect as cleft palate. An estimated 1,500 operations are scheduled each year in an effort to correct the problem, which can lead to its own set of complications.

Complications Last a Lifetime for Males with Hypospadias

Data reported in the article show that from 1999 to 2010, 14.5 percent of children with hypospadias had more than three operations in an effort to correct the deformity. In addition to the risk of surgery and pain and discomfort accompanied by the birth defect, many males experience psychological trauma as a result.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an article which focused on data showing the rate of increase of the birth defect in males in the U.S. Males with untreated hypospadias face a lifetime of difficulties including problems urinating and erectile dysfunction.

sad manCases of this birth defect have been attributed to:

  • Heredity
  • Testosterone metabolism defects
  • Disruption of endocrine factors that affect the development of male genitalia
  • Use of drugs during pregnancy that are disruptive to normal sex hormone pathways

Caring Legal Support

A birth defect of any kind can cause undue harm and hardship on families. Women who took medication while pregnant may not have been fully aware of the risks they posed to the future health of their children. If this happened to you, you may be eligible for compensation.

Drug manufacturers hold a responsibility to properly test and market their products. If you were taking medication during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, we want to help you understand the rights for the benefit of you and your baby. Contact our attorneys for a free consultation today.


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