When your child is born with a rare condition, you can feel all alone. One example is epispadias, in which the urethra does not develop into a full tube and urine exits the body from an abnormal location. Doctors don’t know what causes this condition, though it may occur when the nearby pubic bone doesn’t develop properly.
Epispadias symptoms in boys include:
Epispadias symptoms in girls include:
Only 1 in 117,000 boys are born with epispadias, and about 1 in 484,000 girls. Your child may need surgery to control the flow of urine and fix the appearance of their genitals.
At Mercy Kids, we understand your concerns and can discuss your child’s treatment options. And thanks to our team approach, your pediatrician will coordinate treatment with other Mercy specialists to provide your child the best care.