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Pediatric Phimosis and Paraphimosis

Key Points about Phimosis and Paraphimosis

  • Phimosis and paraphimosis are problems with the foreskin of the penis.
  • Phimosis is when foreskin can’t be pulled down (retracted) from the tip of the penis. This is a common problem in young boys.
  • Paraphimosis is when the foreskin is retracted but can’t move back up. This can prevent normal blood flow in the penis, and may cause serious problems.
  • Treatment for either problem may include steroid cream, lubrication or surgery to remove the foreskin.
  • Possible complications can include trouble urinating and death of tissue (necrosis) in the tip of the penis.


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