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Foreskin Problems (cont.)

Foreskin Problems Follow-up

  • For either condition, the person should follow-up with a see to a urologist.
  • To prevent phimosis from returning, parents should discuss with their doctor if circumcision is indicated.
  • Circumcision is occasionally performed in adult males that develop recurrent foreskin problems.

Foreskin Problems Prevention

  • Phimosis only affects uncircumcised males. Circumcision is the definitive preventive measure against this disorder. For those who choose to remain uncircumcised, proper hygiene can reduce the risk of developing phimosis.
  • Paraphimosis has no effective preventive measures beyond proper hygiene and circumcision.

Foreskin Problems Prognosis

With either condition, timely treatment usually resolves of the problem. However, if either problem is neglected, the outlook can be poor, with recurrent urinary and kidney infections, gangrene, and even potential loss of the penis (by auto-amputation or dry gangrene.

Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology

REFERENCES: Phimosis and Paraphimosis. Phimosis, Adult Circumcision, and Buried Penis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2016

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