American Urological Association - Chordee
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  • Congenital or acquired bend of the penis.
  • Caused by decreased elasticity in one or more of the fascial layers, leading to shortness of one of the corpus cavernosum when erection occurs.
  • Bend may be ventral, dorsal, lateral, or complex (image A).
  • Most frequently associated with hypospadias, when the mesenchyme distal to the meatus ceases to differentiate, creating a fan-shaped bend of dysgenetic fascia.
  • Acquired chordee may arise following trauma, or may be a result of Peyronie's disease.