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Foreskin Problems (cont.)

Foreskin Problems Diagnosis

The doctor often starts the examination by getting a detailed history of the problem, especially if it has occurred previously, and male adults, a sexual history. Then the doctor will likely continue the examination as follows.

  • In considering phimosis, the doctor may do at least two tests:
    • A full genital examination
    • A urinalysis to look for evidence of infection (if indicated)
  • Paraphimosis can mimic other medical conditions so the doctor may find or inquire about the following:
  • A constricting foreign body (usually a piece of hair wrapped around the penis, seen most often in infants); in adults it can occur with certain sexual practices.
  • Insect bites
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Infection
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014

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