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Aim: To improve the results of tubularized plate urethroplasty by adding de-epithelized flap. Patients and Methods: Twenty-five cases of hypospadias who underwent Snodgrass urethroplasty using de-epithelialized flap were studied. The minimum period of follow-up in this series was 1 year. Results: The resultant neo-meatus was vertically oriented and slit like. Glans was conical which is cosmetically well accepted. Penile raphe was in the midline. None of the patient had residual chordee, penile torsion, or glans dehiscence. Excellent cosmetic results were observed in all cases. The complication rate in our series was 8% (two cases). Two patients developed fistula. Conclusion: De-epithelialized flap is a simple method to provide additional covering to the constructed neourethra after Snodgrass urethroplasty. It achieves our goal of noncrossing suture lines and providing maximum vascularity.
African Journal of Paediatric Surgery Vol. 5 (1) 2008: pp. 8-10