Risk factors for hypospadias

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (133), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
European Journal of Pediatrics (Impact Factor: 1.89). 08/2007; 166(7):671-8. DOI: 10.1007/s00431-006-0304-z
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Despite being one of the most common congenital defects in boys, the etiology of hypospadias remains largely unknown. In this case-referent study, we evaluated a wide spectrum of potential risk factors for hypospadias. Cases were identified from the hospital information system, and referents were recruited through the parents of the cases. Both parents of cases and referents completed written questionnaires that they received through the mail. Logistic regression analyses were used to assess the independent contribution of different factors to the risk of hypospadias. The final database included 583 cases and 251 referents. Hypospadias more often occurred in children whose father had hypospadias (OR=9.7; 95%CI: 1.3-74.0) and in children with a low birth weight (OR=2.3; 95%CI: 1.2-4.2). Indications for elevated risks were found when mothers were DES-daughters (OR=3.5; 95%CI: 0.8-15.6), fathers were subfertile (OR=1.8; 95%CI: 0.7-4.5), the parents had undergone fertility treatment (OR=2.3; 95%CI: 0.9-5.8), and in twin or triplet pregnancies (OR=2.0; 95%CI: 0.8-5.1). Maternal use of iron supplements (OR=2.2; 95%CI: 0.8-6.0), maternal smoking (OR=1.5; 95%CI: 1.0-2.4), paternal prescriptive drug use (OR=2.6; 95%CI: 1.1-6.6), and paternal exposure to pesticides (OR=2.1; 95%CI: 0.6-7.1) during the 3 months immediately prior to conception or in the first trimester of pregnancy also appeared to increase the risk of hypospadias. The associations found in this study support the hypothesis that genetic predisposition, placental insufficiency, and substances that interfere with natural hormones play a role in the etiology of hypospadias.

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    • "Studies suggest that intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) in itself is a determining risk factor for hypospadias rather than the absolute birth weight (Hussain et al., 2002; Jensen et al., 2012; Yinon et al., 2010). Furthermore, twinning is a risk factor consistently associated with hypospadias (Brouwers et al., 2007; Jensen et al., 2012; Nordenvall et al., 2014; van Rooij et al., 2013). In a large case-control study about structural birth defects in twins, hypospadias occurred more often in twins compared "
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    ABSTRACT: Hypospadias is associated with twinning. The incidence of hypospadias in monochorionic and dichorionic male twins is, however, yet to be determined. All medical records of monochorionic and dichorionic twins admitted to our neonatal nursery between January 2004 and August 2013 were reviewed for the presence of hypospadias. A total of 350 monochorionic and 303 dichorionic male twins were included in the study. The incidence of hypospadias in monochorionic and dichorionic groups was 4% (14/350) and 1% (3/303) (p = .016) respectively. In 11 of the 15 twin couples, hypospadias occurred in the twin with the lowest birth weight. The rate of hypospadias in twin infants small-for-gestational-age group was 10% (6/60) compared with 2% (11/593) in the appropriate-for-gestational-age group (p = .002). In a multivariate analysis, both monochorionicity and small-for-gestational-age were independently associated with hypospadias, odds ratio 4.1 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.1-14.7) and 6.1 (95% CI: 2.2-17.2) respectively. The incidence of hypospadias is four-fold higher in monochorionic twins compared with dichorionic twins. Hypospadias is also independently associated with small-for-gestational-age.
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    • "Among the identified outcomes in DES sons is an increased incidence of hypospadias (Gill et al., 1981; Kalfa et al., 2011a). In addition, grandsons of DES-treated women also have an increased incidence of hypospadias (Brouwers et al., 2007 ). Thus, prenatal DES exposure has been implicated in affecting not only the children of the exposed mother but also her grandchildren. "
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    • "We identified 14 case-control studies2032395051525354555657585960 published from 1990 to 2010 and one meta-analysis42 on the association between maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy and hypospadias. "
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