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Indicator Report - Birth Defects: Hypospadias

Why Is This Important?

Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects being tracked by the Utah Birth Defect Network (UBDN). Hypospadias is a congenital malformation of the penis, in which the urethral opening or meatus is displaced on the underside of the penis. Severity is classified based on the location of the meatus, and ranges from a) coronal or distal hypospadias, in which the meatus is only slightly displaced; b) shaft hypospadias; to c) perineal hypospadias, in which the meatus opens below the scrotum near the anus. Hypospadias can be associated with chordee (the downward or ventral curvature of the penis, particularly in severe hypospadias), and sometimes with cryptorchidism (the failure of the testicles to descend into the scrotum).

Prevalence of Hypospadias Among Males by Maternal Race/Ethnicity, Utah, 1999-2011

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Data Notes

Numerator and denominator values have been suppressed for cell values of 5 or less.

Data Sources

Utah Birth Defect Network.

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Number of cases of hypospadias per 1,000 male births.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of cases of hypospadias among male liveborn and stillborn infants born to women residing in Utah.
Denominator: Number of male liveborn and stillborn infants among women residing in Utah.

Page Content Updated On 10/28/2014, Published on 12/01/2014
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Content updated: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:36:26 MST