This term is usually used to refer to the rather unpleasant congenital abnormality of exstrophy of the bladder. This disorder occurs when the bladder fails to complete its developement, and the abdominal wall is malformed. The posterior surface of the bladder is thus exposed.

This, understandably leads to total urinary incontinence. In male infants it is also associated with undescended testes.

Ex"stro*phy (?), n. [Gr. to turn inside out; = out + to turn.] Med.

The eversion or turning out of any organ, or of its inner surface; as, exstrophy of the eyelid or of the bladder.

 

© Webster 1913.

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